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Various events in the history of the Canada Southern Railway

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Note:  Carl Riff has extracted various events that were reported in various media.  Items marked * are from various sources.  Items marked ** were published in the St. Thomas Times Journal and the date shown is the date published and may or may not be the actual date of the event.

 

February 28, 1868 - Proposal incorporated under the name Erie & Niagara Extension Railway Company. Empowered to build from Fort Erie to Windsor via St. Thomas.

November 1869 - St. Clair branch proposed

December 24, 1869 - Name changed to The Canada Southern Railway.

May 27, 1870 - Delegation meets in St. Thomas over proposed Canada Southern

January 1871 - First contracts granted for construction of the mainline

April 1871 - Financial doubt over the proposed Canada Southern line.

August 1871 - Progress on construction of St. Clair branch

Fall 1871 - First two locomotives delivered from Baldwin.

February 1872 - Two additional locomotives ordered

February 15, 1872 - First Kettle Creek trestle completed - single track - all wood construction - 1365 feet in length

April 1872 - Offering remaining $5,000,000 first mortgage to the public

April 22, 1872 - Canada Southern forcibly takes possession of Erie & Niagara between Fort Erie and Niagara Falls. Acquired the Fort Erie Railway ( merged into the CSR in 1889) - which became the Niagara Branch ( Fort Erie Railway in 1863 took over Erie & Ontario line from Chippawa to Queenston built 1841 as a Tramway - incorporated into a Railway in 1852 - line regauged and extended to Niagara-On-The-Lake in 1854. Fort Erie to Chippawa opened in 1864 ). Line between Chippawa and Fort Erie taken out of service in 1925 and abandoned August 8, 1941.

August 1, 1872 - First Canada Southern locomotive operated through St. Thomas.

August 1872 - Ordered passenger equipment with plans to operate in October 1872. Freight equipment already ordered expected for delivery by December 1872.

Some early 1873 tidbits from John Milne

February 20, 1873 - 11:30am - Last spike driven at Townsend Centre, Ontario.

May 20, 1873 - First train operated on Western Division

June 25, 1873 - First train operated on Eastern Division

July 1873 - Ferry service between Gordon and Stoney Isle., Michigan

November 1873 - Construction of hotel on Grosse Ile expected to be completed, along with other details of the new railway.

July 1, 1873 - First train operated on the St.Clair branch - an excursion train - regular trains commenced on January 24, 1874.

November 1873 - International bridge at Fort Erie completed.

August 1874 - Possible construction of another bridge or tunnel at or near Fort Erie.

June 1875 - Lightning hits Grosse Ile station. Fire destroys Gross Ile ice house, machine shop.and oil house

July 25, 1877 - Strike shuts down the Canada Southern.

January 17, 1878 - Sarnia, Chatham & Erie Railway opened between Oil City and Petrolia. Oil City to Oil Springs built around 1884 - extended to Edys Mills around 1888.

1878 - Canada Southern stock sold on the New York Stock Exchange - first non-US stock traded.

April 23, 1879 - Construction of tunnel at Anderdon

July 30, 1879 - 2 Passenger trains collide at Chippawa

May 1880 - Construction of Courtright freight shed commenced ( did it get completed ?? )

September 27, 1881 - Sleeping car falls into river at Grosse Ile ferry crossing.

November 29, 1881 - Canada Southern yard men go on strike

January 1882 - Canada Southern adds emergency tools to passenger cars

September 1882 - Canada Southern receives paper wheels to be used under new coaches

November 1882 - line from Essex to Windsor completed.

January 1, 1883 - Michigan Central took over operations and management of the Canada Southern under a 21 year lease.

1883 - Line from Essex to Windsor opened for traffic.

1883 - 2nd Kettle Creek bridge completed - double track - steel construction - 1395 feet in length

April 25, 1883 - Michigan Central dining car service starts on the CASO

December 1883 - Cantilever bridge over Niagara River and new mainline from Welland to Niagara Falls opened for traffic

December 1883 - Michigan Central relays track at Fort Erie

May 1884 - Proposal for Erie & Huron to connect at Courtright .

October 16, 1884 - Collision of passenger train with work train at Tilbury.

May 14, 1886 - Erie & Huron builds line over the St. Clair branch at Courtright Junction - ripped out by MCRR for non payment of right of way lease.

May 7, 1887 - MCRR to build track to new station in London off L&PS

July 14, 1887 - Westbound MCRR freight train collides with Northbound Grand Trunk excursion train on the L&PS. Tank cars rupture and explode - killing 14 people.

September 9, 1887 - Leamington & St.Clair Railway opened from Comber to Leamington. 1888 - line extended to Seacliff Park and Leamington wharf. March 1, 1889 - Canada Southern took over operations of the line via a 15 year lease. Sold to CASO June 5, 1895 and finally merged into the CASO on July 18, 1904.

1888 - Service to London via a 15 year agreement with the London & Port Stanley and purchase of the London & South Eastern's London properties.

January 1898 - St. Thomas to Toronto train via TH&B discontinued.

February 6, 1890 - 2 Freight trains collide at Yarmouth

November 15, 1897 - Lake Erie & Detroit last effort to remove MCRR access to London denied

November 1, 1898 - Courtright depot burns

1900-1901 - Double tracking of 130 miles of mainline.

1902 - 2nd Kettle Creek bridge shortened to 855 feet by filling at both ends and strengthened the structure. Timber deck replaced with steel plated ballasted deck

December 29, 1903 - Trackage rights granted to Pere Marquette for operations on the St. Clair branch and Mainline between St. Thomas and Fort Erie/Niagara Falls.

January 1, 1904 - Michigan Central leases CSR for 999 years.

July 18, 1904 - Sarnia, Chatham & Erie Railway and the Leamington & St.Clair Railway absorbed into the Canada Southern Railway, becoming the Petrolia, Oil Springs and Leamington branches.

October 3, 1904 - Windsor roundhouse destroyed by fire

April 1905 - Michigan Central & Pere Marquette involved in headon collision on cantilever bridge.

1905 - Fort Erie Branch upgraded.

1905 - Double track laid between Tilbury and Ridgetown and between Hagersville and Springfield.

June 9, 1906 - Portion of roof of St. Thomas shops blown away during storm

August 4, 1906 - Pere Marquette #41 head-on-collision with MCRR #8869 (both passenger trains) at St Thomas

August 10, 1907 - Explosion at Essex.

October 2, 1908 - Fast running and block control on the MCRR

July 16, 1909 - Washout of Niagara branch near St. David's.

September 17, 1910 - Windsor/Detroit tunnel opens to traffic. History of the rail tunnels and bridges between Ontario and Michigan.

1911 - New roundhouse and station for Windsor.

February 6, 1914 - Rumour of Michigan Central separating from New York Central

March 27, 1914 - Rumour of Canadian Pacific purchasing the Canada Southern.

May 14, 1914 - Wolverine derails at Buxton

December 30, 1914 - PM & MCRR running rights extended for another year on the L&PS

May 1916 - New roundhouse and yard at Montrose

1917 - 105lb rail installed on mainline

1917 - Water tank in Alvinston

January 15, 1918 - Snowplough wreck near Alvinston caused by 12 foot high drift. PHOTO1 PHOTO2 PHOTO3

January 31, 1919 - Proposal to have the Government of Canada take over the CASO

March 30, 1920 - High speed run on CASO breaks record

February 4, 1922 - CASO Auxiliary train idle for one year - no serious accidents **

April 7, 1922 - Silk train travels between Chicago and New York **

April 21, 1922 - Passenger locomotives being used on freight trains **

May 12, 1922 - Passenger locomotives no longer to be changed at St. Thomas on through trains **

May 16, 1922 - Last new daylight train running on the MCRR/CASO - Train #30 **

May 16, 1922 - Henry Ford travels on the CASO in his private car FAIR LANE **

May 17, 1922 - As many as 90 cars of milk travel through St. Thomas per day **

May 27, 1922 - Wolverine hit by a with a switch engine in Buffalo under the Washington Street Viaduct after the switch engine derails on adjacent track **

June 16, 1922 - Freight train BA-2  suffer serious delay - passenger locomotives 8435 took over **

June 17, 1922 - MCRR handling large quantities of stone from Ingells and Hambleton quarries **

June 23, 1922 - St. Thomas turntable under repair **

June 28, 1922 - Silk train travels over MCRR/CASO **

July 8, 1922 - Silk train travels over MCRR/CASO  **

July 28, 1822 - Locomotive 8434 reported in bad condition **

July 28, 1922 - Government FISH car travels over CASO on way to Springfield, Mass.  **

August 11, 1922 - 90 car auto train travels over the CASO **

August 15, 1922 - 7 trains of beef travels over the CASO **

August 25, 1922 - Locomotive 7635 shopped **

January 8, 1923 - 83 trains handled over the CASO **

January 12, 1923 - Dwarf signals installed for westbound trains at St. Thomas **

January 16, 1923 - Switch engine involved in collision at Windsor **

January 16, 1923 - Derailment at Waterford **

January 22, 1923 - Derailment at Fargo **

February 20, 1923 - Motor on St. Thomas turntable breaks down **

February 23, 1923 - Special train operated from Cleveland to Toronto for Al Jolson **

March 5, 1923 - Mrs. Rudolf Valentino travels over the CASO **

March 6, 1923 - Old St. Thomas coal dock dismantled **

March 12, 1923 - Old coal cars to be rebuilt into 9000 series **

March  21, 1923 - Old MCRR locomotive DAVID UPTON operated over the CASO by engineer George Unrah **

March 22, 1923 - 49 specials operated  over one week ( 7 trains per day ) for US troops **

April 12, 1923 - 2 new passenger trains added **

April 14, 1923 - Several old 7500 series locomotives now in freight service **

April 17, 1923 - 5 K3 locomotives train CASO from ALCO to Jackson, Michigan **

April 23, 1923 - Freight locomotives no longer to be changed at St. Thomas on through trains **

April 25, 1923 - 30 trains operating on the CASO at one time **

April 26, 1923 - Mile a minute speed for Wolverine with new timetable **

May 3, 1923 - Locomotive 7624 derails at  Iona after running turnout **

June 2, 1923 - Derailment at Welland **

June 12, 1923 - Stalled freight train hit by MCRR fast freight at Niagara Falls, NY yard **

July 6, 1923 - 2 sections for train #17 **

July 11, 1923 - Beef train handled by 8400 series passenger locomotive **

July 12, 1923 - One coal train per day for Detroit handled over CASO **

July 30, 1923 - CASO employees to receive instructions via movie on NYC safety car 2796 **

August 7, 1923 - 2 Santa Fe locomotives 4021 & 4022 - travel over CASO **

August 8, 1923 - New coal dock planned for Fargo **

September 4, 1923 - Locomotive 8437 cylinder head blowout while double heading **

September 7, 1923 - 2 Santa Fe locomotives travel over CASO from Baldwin to Madison, Iowa **

September 17, 1923 - St. Thomas yard to be lengthened to accommodate longer trains **

September 22, 1923 - 2 Santa Fe locomotives 3739 & 3740 travel over CASO **

September 24, 1923 - More Santa Fe locomotives travel over CASO **

September 26, 1923 - 3 Chicago & Northwestern locomotives travel over CASO from ALCO for Chicago **

September 26, 1923 - Locomotive 7618 makes first run **

September 26, 1923 - New train #47 to start operating **

October 11, 1923 - Locomotive 8541 in charge of engineer Thompson struck a truck owned by Dominion Canners at Prideaux Street in Niagara-On-The-Lake **

October 12, 1923 - 20 passenger trains per day travel over CASO **

October 18, 1923 - Locomotive 8422 shopped **

October 20, 1923 - New bridge installed over First Avenue in St. Thomas **

October 27, 1923 - Over 50 locomotives required to maintain daily operations on the CASO **

November 5, 1923 - 2 silk trains travel over CASO **

November 7, 1923 - Extended St. Thomas yard to open soon **

November 7, 1923 - 2 cars of train behind locomotive 8434 derail **

November 7, 1923 - 110 car automobile train handled over CASO **

November 9, 1923 - 5 special trains of 59 cars from Virginia with US Marines travel over CASO for football game at Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Locomotives in train order were 8425, 8419, 8401, 8417 & 8434 and 8402  **  

November 15, 1923 - Works starts on new coal dock for Fargo **

November 26, 1923 - NYC is putting in a new turntable at East Buffalo - so all locomotives needing turning are turned at Victoria terminal in Fort Erie.  No boarding house, cabooses being used for crews **

November 26, 1923 - 2 Santa Fe locomotives 4051 and 4052 from Baldwin travel over CASO **

December 7, 1923 - St. Thomas shops made repairs to 36 US locomotives during year due to Machinists strike in US.  Locomotive 7634 returned to service **

December 11, 1923 - For second time in history - NYC 20th Century Limited rerouted via CASO due to wreck of 20th Century Limited at Westfield, NY **

December 26, 1923 - 83 trains at NYC Exchange Street station in Buffalo **

December 28, 1923 - St. Thomas yard extension completed **

January 4, 1924 - 6 more new locomotives travel over CASO to US owners **

January 7, 1924 - 7 special trains operated during snowstorm **

January 30, 1924 - Derailment at Comber **

February 4, 1924 - A Welland to Victoria ( Fort Erie ) transfer run started **

February 6, 1924 - Plans to replace rail along the CASO **

February 8, 1924 - CASO locomotive throws side-rod at Tillsonburg **

February 20, 1924 - CASO double track snow plough nicknamed "THE LILLIAN RUSSELL" called out for snowstorm **

February 25, 1924 - CASO 7629 derails at Wabash-CASO Yarmouth diamond **

February 26, 1924 - New coal dock at Fargo opened **

March 13, 1924 - Father and son take charge of MCRR express train "Dinty Powers" **

March 13, 1924 - Locomotive 8410 piston blowout 2 miles east of Canfield Junction **

March 18, 1924 - 18 carloads of silk travel over CASO **

March 20, 1924 - 75 carloads of automobiles bound for South America handled over CASO **

March 31, 1924 - Locomotive 8413 shopped **

April 1, 1924 - Silk train travels over CASO **

April 3, 1924 - Train with 30 tank cars from Seattle travel over CASO **

April 3, 1924 - Through trains now coaling at Fargo **

April 8, 1924 - 2 new symbol freight trains added to CASO **

April  9, 1924 - Dodge inspection trip over CASO **

April 16, 1924 - New symbol freight SD-3 cuts 24 hours off running time via CASO **

April 19, 1924 - New passenger locomotive 5000 travels over CASO with fast freight BD-1 from Buffalo to Windsor **

April 22, 1924 - Derailment at Courtright **

April 26, 1924 - 154 locomotives operating on the CASO **

May 7, 1924 - New ice plant opened in Windsor **

May 10, 1924 - One mile long freight of automobiles travels over CASO **

May 14, 1924 - Derailment at LaSalette **

May 15, 1924 - CASO mainline has 50 miles of sidings **

May 31, 1924 - NYC President Crowley arrives in St. Thomas on private car 301 **

June 2, 1924 - 2 Santa Fe locomotives 4060 & 2721 travel over CASO.   Too large to fit through tunnel due to third rail **

June 5, 1924 - Fire at Exchange Street station in Buffalo **

June 9, 1924 - 2 Santa Fe locomotives 4063 & 4064 travel over CASO **

June 18, 1924 - MCRR silk train between Chicago and New York operates 650 miles in 10 and a half hours = 75 mph **

June 20, 1924 - Democratic Party special train operated with locomotive 8434 with 7 cars averages 70 mph between Niagara Falls and Windsor **

June 25, 1924 - Locomotive 8594 shopped **

June 30, 1924 - New MCRR switch engines from ALCO travel over CASO for Detroit **

July 21, 1924 - 121 new MDT white refrigerator cars travel over CASO **

August 1, 1924 - Locomotive 8425 shopped **

August 15, 1924 - Derailment at Buxton **

August 19, 1924 - Derailment at Ruscomb - locomotive 7634 and 13 cars leave tracks **

September 2, 1924 - Derailment of Detroiter at Savannah, NY **

September 8, 1924 - Express train with 2 elephants travel over CASO **

September 30, 1924 - 5 miles of track pans on CASO at West Lorne, Forks Creek, Waterford, Tilbury, Edwards, Ridgetown and Tillsonburg **

1925 - Niagara Branch passenger service discontinued.

January 23, 1925 - Fire in west end of St. Thomas station **

February 12, 1925 -  Locomotive 8079 on #16 rear ends freight on cantilever bridge - crashing into MCRR 81635 **

February 12, 1925 - Replacement bridge for Cantilever bridge at Niagara Falls opened for traffic.

March 5, 1925 - Derailment at Waterford **

May 2, 1925 - CASO shop locomotive sold to Canadian Equipment Company **

May 10, 1925 - 3 Shriner specials with Shriner crews **

May 28, 1925 - 3 MCRR trains to run non-stop through St. Thomas **

June 8, 1925 - 3 special trains over CASO travel 224 miles in 98 minutes **

July 15, 1925 - Accident on Niagara branch **

July 18, 1925 - 100 car train of white MDT reefers travel over CASO **

August 7, 1925 - 21 car train of gasoline travels over CASO with passenger locomotive 8473 **

August 26, 1925 - Locomotive 8433 hauling passenger train slips rod **

August 29, 1925 - 50 car train of gasoline travels over CASO **

August 29, 1925 - Locomotives 8402 and 7632 shopped **

September 15, 1925 - 5 new locomotives delivered to MCRR **

October 16, 1925 - MCRR trains from Windsor to Harmon with locomotives with boosters coal at Wayneport and Fargo **

October 21, 1925 - 3 locomotives arrive from Jackson, Michigan - 8307, 8308 & 8309 **

October 24, 1925 - New tanks at Ridgetown **

October 26, 1925 - Accident at Springfield **

January 6, 1926 - 13 special trains - auto show special,. 3 sections of Wolverine and 2 sections of Detroiter **

January 9, 1926 - Locomotive 7618 takes 80 empty auto boxcars from Bridgeburg to St. Thomas **

January 14, 1926 - 15 7900 series locomotives assigned to CASO.  25 older locomotives stored at St. Thomas **

January 23, 1926 - 3 8300 series locomotives arrive from US **

January 28, 1926 - Announcement effective February 8, 1926 - St. Clair branch passenger service curtailed.  Trains 101 and 102 replaced with wayfreight.  Train 106 Courtright to Petrolia for school children still operating **

January 29, 1926 - Locomotive 7626 now in yard service without footboards **

February 4, 1926 - NYC President Crowley travels over CASO **

March 8, 1926 - CASO tunnel being used by Wabash due to high traffic levels **

April 1, 1926 - Derailment at Moore St. tower in St. Thomas involving locomotive and caboose **

April 1, 1926 - Test train with 7900 class locomotive and dynameter car operates over CASO **

April 8, 1926 - Passenger train derails at Welland due to broken axle on locomotive **

April 9, 1926 - New MCRR passenger train #63 **

April 15, 1926 - Boiling washing of locomotives moves from St. Thomas to Windsor **

April 17, 1926 - 2 new MCRR westbound passenger trains to start on CASO **

May 5, 1926 - 4 stalls to be added to St. Thomas roundhouse which will house 47 locomotives **

May 17, 1926 - Pere Marquette requests 40 flat bottom gondolas with hopper bays for coke loading from Sarnia to Welland **

May 19, 1926 - 8 new electrics pass through St. Thomas from GE for Windsor **

May 22, 1926 - Grade crossing accident at Springfield **

May 25, 1926 - Locomotive 7942 pulls 100 empty auto boxcars **

May 29, 1926 - A dozen Shriners specials operate over CASO **

May 31, 1926 - New Santa Fe and Frisco locomotives pass over CASO **

June 8, 1926 - 5 Shriner specials operate over CASO **

June 22, 1926 - Locomotive 8416 derails at Ross St. in St. Thomas **

July 3, 1926 - New bridge at Gordon on Amherstburg branch **

July 7, 1926 - Locomotive 8436 shopped **

July 17, 1926 - Locomotives 8471 & 8472 test run on CASO from US **

July 21, 1926 - CASO hauling crushed stone from Hagersville **

July 23, 1926 - 28 trains operate in 24 hour period **

July 24, 1926 - Derailment at Ridgetown **

July 24, 1926 - CASO scrapping locomotives 7558, 7605, 7563 & 7601 **

July 27, 1926 - Locomotive 7629 involved in side swipe while hauling stone train **

August 7, 1926 - 8 passenger trains to be added to CASO **

August 20, 1926 - CASO accident at Hagersville quarry **

September 24, 1926 - Locomotive 8400 shopped **

October 5, 1926 - Test train with a 7900 class locomotive **

October 9, 1926 - Collision between a work train and local train at Amherstburg **

October 9, 1926 - New switch locomotive 8925 on CASO **

October 12, 1926 - Oil electric expected to pass over CASO on October 17th **

October 14, 1926 - Train of 100 white MDT reefers pass over CASO **

October 20, 1926 - Queen Maria of Romania passes over CASO **

October 25, 1926 - Queens special **

October 28, 1926 - Locomotives 8300 & 8434 pull 100 car train **

November 16, 1926 - Rumour of CASO becoming 4 track mainline **

November 25, 1926 - MCRR locomotives to operate Harmon to Windsor **

December 3, 1926 - Derailment of Pere Marquette train at Wabash diamond in Welland affects 4 railroads **

January 14, 1927 - New MCRR K5 pacific locomotives on the CASO **

May 7, 1927 - Two trains on Kettle Creek bridge at the same time **

May 26, 1927 - Loaded automobile trains of 90 cars are regular on CASO **

June 9, 1927 - 4 MCRR locomotives 8361, 8362, 8363 and 8364 equipped with Pyrometers **

June 11, 1927 - MCRR 8360 in CASO service **

June 11, 1927 - CASO 8598 shopped **

July 14, 1927 - Locomotives 8421 & 8423 tested on doubleheaded freight **

July 28, 1927 - NYC wants to improve passenger service on CASO with hudsons **

August 17, 1927  - Hudson locomotives expected in three months **

August 27, 1927 - CASO 8427 shopped **

October 11, 1927 - CASO 7914 pulls 110 car train **

October 13, 1927 - NYC 5309 arrives in Windsor - more hudsons to arrive once Windsor turntable replaced **

October 29, 1927 - New 100' turntable finished at Windsor **

October 20, 1927 - CASO 8418 pulls fast freight **

1927 - Nine stalls added to Windsor roundhouse

October 31, 1927 - MCRR 8363 shopped **

November 1, 1927 - CASO 8205 - hudson expected soon **

December 2, 1927 - New MCRR fast freight departs Windsor **

December 10, 1927 - CASO 8206 hudson in service on CASO ** 

December 16, 1927 - CASO 8207 hudson in service on CASO **

December 17, 1927 - MCRR express train with 21 loaded cars pulled by 8404 & 8421 **

1928 - Otter Creek bridge upgrade completed

1928 - Passing sidings at Tilbury, West Lorne, Tillsonburg, La Salette, Waterford, Perry and Welland extended to handle longer trains

January 2, 1928 - CASO 8207 hauls heavy train 112 miles in 90 minutes from Windsor to St. Thomas **

January 28, 1928 - New 127lbs. rail being installed on CASO first rolled in Canada by Dominion Iron and Steel

February 8, 1928 - CASO 7904 involved in grade crossing accident at Charing Cross *

February 15, 1928 - ATC to be installed on CASO **

February 16, 1928 - NYC 5213 & 5319 being used between Windsor and Harmon **

February 23, 1928 - CASO 8207 tried on freight train **

February 23, 1928 - CASO 8209 used to teach Automatic Train Control **

February 25, 1928 - Train JS-2 with 98 loaded automobile cars & 2 tank cars of oil handled by 8435 & 8402 **

February 27, 1928 - Third week of hudsons operating between Windsor and Harmon **

March 21, 1928 - CASO to receive six new H7 locomotives **

March 21, 1928 - New England Wolverine now pulled by hudsons **

March 19, 1928 - All 10 CASO hudsons back in service after being modified to meet Canadian regulations **

March 29, 1928 - 3 GM&O switch engines pass over the CASO **

April 13, 1928 - CASO 8597 in new paint **

April 21, 1928 - CASO hudsons can travel at 110 mph versus earlier K5 pacifics restricted to 92 mph **

April 24, 1928 - Passenger train derailment near Petrolea with students on board **

May 7, 1928 - Henry Ford passes over CASO on private car FAIR LANE **

May 9, 1928 - MCRR 7981 shopped **

May 16, 1928 - CASO 7930 pulls 112 car train **

June 6, 1928 - Elephant travels over the CASO **

July 7, 1928 - CASO 8207 shopped *

July 18, 1928 - CASO 8592 returns to yard duty **

August 11, 1928 - CASO 8206 & 8434 shopped **

August 27, 1928 - Wreck between PM and CASO trains at St. Thomas **

September 1, 1928 - Old equipment from Catskill Mountain Railway travels over CASO pulled by 7943 destined for Henry Ford Museum **

September 5, 1928 - Test runs of CASO 7943 & 7926 **

September 6, 1928 - Changes being made to Kettle Creek bridge **

September 7, 1928 - CASO 8207 & 7930 shopped **

September 12, 1928 - CASO 8207 pulls mail train **

September 14, 1928 - Detroiter running time to be shortened **

September 19, 1928 - St. Thomas shops getting ready to repair US based locomotives **

September 28, 1928 - California grapes travel over CASO **

October 12, 1928 - Many shipments of fish travel over CASO **

October 25, 1928 - CASO 8416 & 8418 shopped **

October 30, 1928 - Derailment at Comber **

November 1, 1928 - Attempt to derail MCRR train at Highgate **

November 1, 1928 - CASO 7946 involved in accident **

November 5, 1928 - Sidings extended at Welland and Tillsonburg to accommodate longer trains.  Heaviest rail in Canada is on the CASO **

November 22, 1928 - CASO 7931 make test run on fast freight **

November 28, 1928 - 4 express trains operating on the CASO **

December 4, 1928 - Spanish royalty pass over the CASO **

December 7, 1928 - CASO 8401 shopped **

December 18, 1928 - CASO wants to close Kingsmill station **

December 21, 1928 - 11 student special trains operate over the CASO **

December 22, 1928 - CASO 8428 shopped **

December 24, 1928 - 107 passenger trains operated over the CASO in 3 days **

1929 - New freight house at Windsor commenced

January 3, 1929 - 9 special trains through St. Thomas - including luxury Honeymoon special for Munro-Lloyd wedding **

January 5, 1929 - 11 passenger specials - 18 passenger trains in 5 hours through St. Thomas with an average of 12 steel  passenger cars **

January 14, 1929 - 3 derailments at Fletcher, Hagersville & Welland **

January 16, 1929 - Locomotive CASO 8206 shopped **

January 18, 1929 - NYC sends aid to TH&B after washout at Stoney Creek **

February 4, 1929 - CASO 8428 wrecked on TH&B at Stoney Creek will be sent back to St. Thomas for repairs **

February 6, 1929 - CASO 7951 shopped **

February 13, 1929 - CASO 8428 shopped **

March 2, 1929 - CASO 8205 shopped **

March 5, 1929 - CASO 7918 & 8402 shopped **

March 9, 1929 - CASO 7903 shopped **

March 16, 1929 - CASO 8591 shopped **

March 23, 1929 - MCRR handles 186 trains in one day **

March 26, 1929 - CASO 7954 shopped **

March 28, 1929 - NYC 5200 in St. Thomas **

April 9, 1929 - CASO 8428 released from shops **

April 16, 1929 - CASO 7620 shopped **

April 22, 1929 - CASO 8425 out of shops and has white trim similar to the 8200s **

April 28, 1929 - First run of Niagara Falls Delxue - cars painted brown and gold.  Locomotive was CASO 8207 **

May 4, 1929 - CASO 7936 shopped **

June 18, 1929 - CASO 8208 shopped **

June 25, 1929 - First train out of new Buffalo Central Terminal was a CASO passenger train **

June 26, 1929 - CASO required to continue St. Clair branch service **

June 28, 1929 - CASO 8419 plunges into Welland canal at bridge **

July 9, 1929 - CASO 7618 shopped **

July 17, 1929 - CASO 7752 shopped **

July 23, 1929 - Attempt to pull CASO 8419 out of Welland canal fails **

July 30, 1929 - Another attempt to pull CASO 8419 out of Welland canal fails **

August 1, 1929 - Giraffe train travels over CASO **

August 1, 1929 - Another attempt to pull CASO 8419 out of Welland canal fails **

August 14, 1929 - CASO 8419 finally pulled out of Welland canal **

August 14, 1929 - MCRR BA-2 fast freight derails at Chippawa **

August 15, 1929 - Attempt to derail the Wolverine fails **

August 24, 1929 - Niagara Falls Deluxe Special involved in accident at Lundy's Lane **

August 30, 1929 - Radio Special travels through St. Thomas on way back to Detroit **

September 3, 1929 - CASO 8205 shopped **

September 25, 1929 - CASO 7934 shopped **

September 28, 1929 - CASO 8403 & 7636 doubleheaded 110 refrigerator cars to Windsor **

September 30, 1929 - 3 sections of the Wolverine **

October 15, 1929 - New MCRR fast freight DH-4 running at passenger train speeds **

October 23, 1929 - CASO 7922 hauls 56 cars of automobiles **

October 31, 1929 - Wolverine to operate in 2 sections due to popularity **

November 1, 1929 - CASO 7629 shopped **

November 4, 1929 - St. Thomas shops operating full time **

November 6, 1929 - CASO 7942 pulls JS-2 fast freight with 79 cars. **

November 14, 1929 - CASO 8430 shopped **

November 21, 1929 - 85 car express train operates over CASO **

November 27, 1929 - CASO 8303 shopped **

November 30, 1929 - Westbound track of Kettle Creek bridge reopens after bridge replacement **

December 6, 1929 - CASO 8206 shopped **

December 24, 1929 - CASO 8215 arrives **

December 27, 1929 - 2 more hudsons arrive **

December 30, 1929 - Detroiter derails at Black Rock with locomotive NYC 5209 **

January 2, 1930 - President Elect of Mexico travels through St. Thomas on CASO **

January 3, 1930 - All 15 new hudsons have arrived **

January 4, 1930 - New Kettle Creek bridge at St. Thomas completed  **

January 13, 1930 - New 127 lb rail starts arriving at St. Thomas **

February 1, 1930 - MCRR absorbed into NYC **

February 5, 1930 - 22 passenger and express trains operate daily on CASO **

February 5, 1930 - CASO 7913 shopped **

March 1930 - Proposal to add more subways in St. Thomas to speed up trains

March 3, 1930 - Train of 53 brand new Northern refrigerator cars painted green, gold and red travels over CASO **

March 17, 1930 - Derailment at Canfield Junction **

March 19, 1930 - NYC may close Montrose yard **

April 5, 1930 - Daily special grain train travels Chicago to Black Rock in 24 hours **

April 14, 1930 - CASO 8597 shopped **

April 17, 1930 - 4 brand new Rock Island freight locomotives travel over CASO **

April 26, 1930 - CASO 8550 shopped **

May 2, 1930 - CASO starts laying heavy 127 lb. rail **

May 15, 1930 - MCRR has 4000 automobile cars stored along the CASO - 30 miles worth of cars **

May 16, 1930 - CASO 8215 & 8553 shopped **

May 29, 1930  - Danish special of 20 cars travels over CASO **

June 2, 1930 - NYC 5206 breaks down at Ruscomb on train 10 **

June 2, 1930 - MCRR automobile cars stored on the entire length of the original Erie & Ontario line between Chippawa and Niagara Junction **

June 10, 1930 - Shriners specials operate over CASO - 25 specials operated **

July 4, 1930 - Petrolea train service to be cut to one train per day **

July 9, 1930 - CASO 7903 shopped **

July 23, 1930 - MCRR fast freight NY-2 derails after crossing Ross Street subway.  Locomotive CASO 7932. **

July 25, 1930 - CASO 7922 pulls heavy freight of 87 cars through St. Thomas **

August 2, 1930 - Trio of elephants travel over CASO to Niagara Falls **

August 5, 1930 - CASO 7932 derails at the same spot at Ross Street subway as on July 23, 1930 **

August 12, 1930 - MCRR converting automobile cars to boxcars **

August 13, 1930 - NYC starts replacing semaphore signals with coloured light signals and ATC installed. **

August 27, 1930 - Pelton tower burns down after Pere Marquette and CASO train side swipe each other at the diamond **

September 8, 1930 - MCRR 7944 freight engine pulls express train **

September 13, 1930 - Newer 5300 series hudsons appearing on CASO **

September 20, 1930 - CASO 8218 makes special run on express train **

September 23, 1930 - CASO 7959 pulls mail train **

September 1930 - Telegraph line in St. Thomas buried underground.

October 1, 1930 - CASO 8220 makes trial run **

October 4, 1930 - CASO 7930 pulls 112 empty refrigerator cars **

October 9, 1930 - Closing Charing Cross station blocked by CASO **

October 10, 1930 - CASO 8216 pulls 100 car freight train **

November 12, 1930 - Derailment at Waterford blocks both mainlines - trains rerouted over Wabash **

December 8, 1930 - CASO giving classes on new ATC system to employees **

December 29, 1930 - NYC 5227 pulls express train through St. Thomas **

January 3, 1931 -  A Michigan Central train crash at the Windsor station. Seven passengers were injured in the MCRR Windsor yards. The first section of an extra train from New York to Detroit was at the Windsor station and a light engine was standing behind it when the second section of that same special loomed out of the fog and struck the yard engine and the yard engine then crashed into the rear coach of the standing passenger train. **

January 5, 1931 - Five sections of the Wolverine **

January 5, 1931 - CASO 7907 shopped **

January 15, 1931 - New ATS cut in at 9am on the west end of the CASO **

February 10, 1931 - Work starts on installing ATS on the east end of the CASO **

March 13, 1931 - Wabash looking at having locomotives shopped at CASO St. Thomas shops **

March 21, 1931 - Silk train travels over the CASO **

April 4, 1931 - CASO 8404 shopped **

April 20, 1931 - CASO 7952 shopped **

April 28, 1931 - CASO 8206 shopped **

May 6, 1931 - CASO 8218 shopped **

May 11, 1931 - CASO 8205 shopped **

June 8, 1931 - CASO 8221 & 7936 shopped **

June 25, 1931 - NYC 3250 shopped **

July 21, 1931 - Model of MCRR K3 8400 on display at Sutherland Shoe  Store - St. Thomas **

September 5, 1931 - CASO 7954 shopped **

September 23, 1931 - Live fish shipped in tank cars on CASO.  3 cars loaded at Tilbury for New York City with Carp **

September 24, 1931 - 5 sections of train #58 for the American Legionnaires **

October 10, 1931 - CASO 8551 shopped **

October 21, 1931 - CASO 7934 shopped **

November 19, 1931 - Football special to run over TH&B via Waterford to Hamilton **

November 23, 1931 - 8 car special to Hamilton with 600 people **

November 26, 1931 - 3 special US Thanksgiving trains operated **

December 9, 1931 - ATS cut in on east end of CASO **

December 11, 1931 - MCRR train #23 Western Express Limited makes last run **

January 2, 1932 - MCRR locomotives to be hauled through tunnel **

January 2, 1932 - MCRR Chippawa local discontinued **

January 12, 1932 - CASO 7942 with outside feedwater heater shopped **

January 22, 1932 - CASO 7958 shopped **

February 5, 1932 - CASO hudsons pulling 16 car passenger trains **

February 19, 1932 - CASO 7946 shopped **

February 22, 1932 - CASO 8206 shopped **

March 28, 1932 - CASO 7942 shopped **

April 6, 1932 - CASO 8218 shopped **

April 18, 1932 - CASO 7628 converted to yard engine **

April 25, 1932 - St. Clair branch mixed train #106 with locomotive CASO 8152 derails - Engineer Tom Howe **

April 27, 1932 - CASO 8221 shopped **

April 30, 1932 - Welland section house explosion **

May 7, 1932 - CASO 7642 converted to yard engine **

May 7, 1932 -  CASO 7905 boiler explodes on livestock train at noon just west of Dutton.  Engineer Tom Howe & Fireman Walther Willsie blown from cab  **

May 7, 1932 - NYC Rail detector car travels over the CASO **

May 9, 1932 - Track pans at Ridgetown discontinued **

May 9, 1932 - CASO 8553 shopped **

May 28, 1932 - CASO 7618 returns to yard duty **

June 14, 1932 - St. Thomas shops to close for one month **

June 18, 1932 - Wolverine has 21 cars **

June 18, 1932 - CASO 8594 shopped **

June 24, 1932 - Plans to run trains directly from St. Thomas to Suspension Bridge, NY and bypassing Montrose to be protested **

June 24, 1932 - CASO 7616 shopped **

June 26, 1932 - New train on the CASO - The Exposition Flyer **

June 30, 1932 - CASO 7905 still in shops **

July 4, 1932 - St. Thomas shops reopen **

July 5, 1932 - Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt glided through St Thomas early yesterday morning on the CASO. This was following his historic triumphal acceptance speech for the nomination for President at the Democratic Convention in Chicago. He had left Chicago the night before and boarded The Exposition Flyer. It was sunrise in St Thomas, Ontario when the train pulled into the station. The train left St Thomas and arrived at Buffalo at 9:52 and with journalists waiting he began the campaign for President.

July 23, 1932 - Ancient locomotive CASO 8152 overhauled and running again on the St. Clair branch **

July 30, 1932 - First CASO train to bypass Montrose.  A transfer run between Welland and Victoria yard to be established **

July 30, 1932 - NYC 5333 leaves shops looking brand new **

August 11, 1932 - NYC may route 2 more  fast freights via CASO **

August 17, 1932 - MCRR train #139 to become a passenger extra operating out of St. Thomas **

August 19, 1932 - MCRR may lease or buy the Essex County radial line **

August 25, 1932 - CASO 7916 pulls large loaded 94 car train **

August 25, 1932 - CASO 7934 shopped **

September 8, 1932 - Babe Ruth and the New York Yankees travel over the CASO heading for Detroit **

September 13, 1932 - The New England Wolverine to be reinstated **

September 19, 1932 - New York Yankees travel over the CASO **

September 30, 1932 - CASO 7623 shopped **

October 3, 1932 - Franklin D. Roosevelt and party charter Michigan Central flyer and had a fast ride over the local division Saturday night **

October 6, 1932 - CASO yard locomotive backs into post on the L&PS **

January 3, 1933 - Three sections of the Wolverine **

January 6, 1933 - Two sections of the Wolverine **

January 6, 1933 - Gas electric to operate between St. Thomas and Detroit fails on first test trip through tunnel **

January 9, 1933 - Four sections of the Wolverine **

January 9, 1933 - Gas electric M-9 to operate on the west end of the CASO **

January 14, 1933 - Montrose yard not likely to reopen **

January 20, 1933 - Gas electric M-14 to operate on the east end of the CASO **

January 25, 1933 - CASO 8228 shopped **


January 31, 1933 - Gas electric makes first official run from St. Thomas to Detroit **

February 2, 1933 - Largest mid week freight traffic - over 3000 cars handled **
 
February 11, 1933 - Two seconds of the Wolverine **

February 18, 1933 - CASO, PM & Wabash handle large amounts of bullion for Detroit **

February 20, 1933 - CASO 8215 shopped **

February 23, 1933 - CASO 8219 shopped **

March 25, 1933 - CASO 8218 shopped **

May 2, 1933 - Beer traffic helps boost freight traffic **

May 16, 1933 - CASO charter states that locomotives and way cars are to be maintained in Canada **

May 18, 1933 - 20th Century Limited detours over CASO - third time in history **

May 20, 1933 - Three sections of MCRR fast freights **

June 6, 1933 - CASO 7932 and NYC 5279 shopped **

June 24, 1933 - 18 passenger specials scheduled for Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago over the CASO **

July 4, 1933 - Many CASO train crews called back to work **

July 8, 1933 - 13 passenger specials operated over the CASO **

July 26, 1933 - CASO 7646 shopped **

July 29, 1933 - 8 passenger specials operated over the CASO **

August 4, 1933 - CASO 8227 shopped **

August 16, 1933 - Gas electric 202 in shops for repairs.  Steam operating as replacement on trains #2 and #5 **

August 21, 1933 - 21 passenger specials - each with 16 cars - operated over the CASO **

September 5, 1933 - Many passenger trains running in multiple sections.  4 to 7 sections of train #39 operated during one week **

September 6, 1933 - CASO 8216 shopped **

September 15, 1933 - CASO 7952 shopped **

September 19, 1933 - CASO 7936 shopped **

September 25, 1933 - CASO 8225 took 110 freight cars to Windsor **

October 3, 1933 - 29 westbound trains in a row over the CASO to Chicago **

October 3, 1933 - CASO 8226 shopped **

October 24, 1933 - Budd stainless steel train for the Texas & Pacific travels over the CASO - operating at 68mph **

November 1, 1933 - CASO 7917 shopped **

November 3, 1933 - Crash in Detroit River Tunnel **

November 6, 1933 - CASO 8228 shopped **

November 14, 1933 - Over 600 extra passenger trains operated over the CASO for the World's Fair in Chicago **

November 17, 1933 - CASO 7934 shopped **

November 20, 1933 - CASO 7652 shopped **

December 20, 1933 - CASO 8218 shopped **

January 6, 1934 - Princess Barbara Hutton Mdivanni travels over the CASO in $120,000 private car **

January 26, 1934 - Traffic increase

1934 - Leamington & Amherstburg branch passenger service discontinued.

February 2, 1934 - CASO 8224 shopped **

February 7, 1934 - Gas electric sent to Michigan **

February 10, 1934 - St. Thomas station heating plant can't keep station warm in freezing cold.  Steam engine placed at east end of station.  First engine used was CASO 7926 with steam being fed through coach 424.  Locomotive was replaced by CASO 7951 **

February 15, 1934 - CASO 7952 hauls one hundred car MC-1 to Detroit **

February 16, 1934 - CASO 7914 shopped **

February 22, 1934 - Preparing for heavy spring traffic - NYC replacing stokers on many hudsons.  So far NYC 5207, 5208, 5209, 5213, 5221, 5229, 5230, 5248, 5250, 5251, 5260. 5262, 5267 and 5269 have been converted.  CASO hudsons may be next **

March 20, 1934 - CASO 8153 shopped **

March 23, 1934 - CASO 8217 shopped **

March 31, 1934 - 21 cars derailed at Canfield Jct at 10am.  NYC trains were detoured to the Wabash for over twelve hours between  Canfield Junction and St Thomas. The wolverine ran over the Wabash and also did trains Nos. 10, 58 and 40 eastbound while No. 39 westbound North Shore Limited, and No. 15 and the Motor Cars all went over the Wabash. **

April 5, 1934 - 42 freight trains yarded at St. Thomas in 24 hour period **

April 6, 1934 - NYC 5212, 5227 and 5245 now have HT stokers **

April 18, 1934 - CASO 8205 shopped **

April 27, 1934 - Dutton tower moved to fairgrounds **

May 1, 1934 - The Streamlined Zephyr is en route to St. Thomas terminal., due at 5:00 pm en route to the Century of Progress Exposition, the CB&Q Zephyr three car streamlined train is to make a brief stop at the St Thomas terminal of the Michigan Central. Harry L. Margett, MCR General Superintendent of Detroit and other officials will be on the train with officials of Budd. The Union Pacific three car train passed through a month ago.  The Burlington Zephyr was viewed by thousands as it passed through, it created quite a sensation. One thousand were present at the station and over 5000 saw it before it left. **

May 4, 1934 - Air conditioning now appearing on MCRR passenger trains **

May 11, 1934 - NYC 5211, 5217 and 5223 now have HT stokers **

May 11, 1934 - CASO 8228 rebuilt **

June 14, 1934 - Faster than the 20th Century Limited a six car Paramount Movie special came through the CASO on Thursday with President Aldolph Zukor en route from Los Angeles to New York City. **

June 21, 1934 - Crossing collision involving CASO 8227 at Canfield **

July 4, 1934 - CASO 8225 shopped **

July 6, 1934 - CASO 8226 rebuilt **

July 20, 1934 - NYC 2400 series mohawk appears at St. Thomas - can pull 150 cars **

July 21, 1934 - NYC 2474 and 2490 mohawks assigned to the CASO - as proof that the engines are to be kept in Canada is the fact that they have been equipped with hand railings and pilots to meet the Dominion regulations. **

July 27, 1934 - New mohawks on the CASO are popular with crews - possible that 2700 series may also be added to the CASO **

August 8, 1934 - CASO 8220 shopped **

August 17, 1934 - MCRR Trans-Atlantic Limited travels 95 miles in 83 minutes with NYC 5200 series hudson **

September 5, 1934 - CASO 7930 shopped **

September 8, 1934 - NYC President tours CASO **

September 10, 1934 - CASO 7952 shopped **

September 20, 1934 - Babe Ruth and the Yankees ride on the Michigan Central special passenger train for the ball stars going to Detroit. **

September 20, 1934 - CASO 7932 shopped **

September 25, 1934 - CASO 8215 shopped **

October 10, 1934 - CASO 8218 shopped **

October 23, 1934 - MCR officials tour the mainline in a Dodge inspection car. **

October 29, 1934 - CASO 8416 used in freight service **

November 27, 1934 - CASO 8218 shopped **

December 4, 1934 - CASO 8991 shopped **

December 22, 1934 - 30 passenger trains operate over CASO in 24 hours **

January 3, 1935 - 15-20 extra passenger trains for Auto show in Detroit **

January 7, 1935 - 24 extra passenger trains for Auto show and students **

February 4, 1935 - Detroiter returns to the CASO **

February 13, 1935 - NYC 5269 shopped **

February 25, 1935 - NYC 5322 and CASO 8221 shopped **

February 28, 1935 - CASO 8227 makes 3 freight runs from St. Thomas to Springfield **

March 7, 1935 - CASO 7954 shopped **

March 12, 1935 - CASO 7912 shopped **

March 16, 1935 - CASO 8228 and NYC 5283 shopped **

March 26, 1935 - CASO 7641 shopped **

April 1, 1935 - CASO 7964 shopped **

April 3, 1935 - NYC 5296 shopped **

April 11, 1935 - CASO 8227 shopped **

April 13, 1935 - Dewitt Clinton to travel on flat cars over CASO on way to Henry Ford Museum at Greenfield, Michigan **

April 28, 1935 - Detroiter & Wolverine to be consolidated **

May 3, 1935 - CASO speed limit increased to 80 mph **

May 5, 1935 - CASO 8226 shopped **

May 17, 1935 - Shipment of 90,000 bees travels over CASO **

June 8, 1935 - CASO 8228 shopped **

June 18, 1935 - Canada Southern shops temporarily shut down.

June 27, 1935 - Model of Commodore Vanderbilt to be in Old Home St. Thomas parade **

June 29, 1935 - CASO train  #39 rams into rear of PM train DC-X1 caboose in Welland yard.  **

July 11, 1935 - NYC 2472 pulls 87 car train **

August 6, 1935 - CASO 8218 shopped **

August 19, 1935 - CASO 8215 shopped **

August 28, 1935 - New daily mixed train service on St. Clair branch to Petrolea **

September 21, 1935 - 10 special passenger trains carrying 6,000 people to Niagara Falls **

September 24, 1935 -  Many special trains for the Bauer- Louis Fight at Yankee Stadium come over the CASO. Three sections of the Wolverine with 18 cars each. **

September 26, 1935 - 5 more passenger specials operated **

September 30, 1935 - CASO 8220 shopped **

October 5, 1935 - World Series played in Detroit.  Eight additional passenger trains operated **

October 8, 1935 - 2 extra long sections of train #8 and Wolverine operated for baseball fans **

October 22, 1935 - NYC 2495 shopped **

December 10, 1935 - Detroiter operated again **

December 20, 1935 - 28 passenger trains operate over the CASO in 24 hours **

December 24, 1935 - MCRR/CASO crews home for the holidays **

January 3, 1936 - Over thirty extra passenger trains operated over CASO for US students **

January 7, 1936 - Chicago Black Hawks special to New York City operates over CASO **

February 12, 1936 - Derailment of 18 freight cars at Cayuga causes 12 hour delays to trains on the CASO **

February 20, 1936 - Six extra trains over the CASO daily **

March 5, 1936 - CASO 8226 shopped **

March 7, 1936 - NYC 5283 out of US shops and used in International service **

March 17, 1936 - Derailment on Petrolea branch **

March 20, 1936 - The Pennsylvania Railroad's famous "Red Arrow" is using the Michigan Central's Canada Division. The "Red Arrow" crack passenger flyer of the Pennsylvania Railroad is enjoying a few trips over the C. S. Division of the MCR as a result of flood conditions in the vicinity of Pittsburgh, Johnstown and other Pennsylvania State points It came through St Thomas as a section of the Wolverine. It attracted some attention.

March 21, 1936 - NYC 5258 jointed owned by NYC and MCRR operating on CASO freight trains **

March 24, 1936 - CASO 7907 shopped **

March 28, 1936 - 6 extra passenger trains operate over CASO in 24 hours **

April 7, 1936 - New passenger express train to be added on CASO **

April 11, 1936 - CASO 8216 back in passenger service after testing in freight service **

April 15, 1936 - NYC 2495 shopped **

April 22, 1936 - CASO 8219 shopped **

April 27, 1936 - Frontiersman operated over CASO **

April 28, 1936 - 6 of the 2400 series mohawks assigned to the CASO to help with traffic increase **

April 28, 1936 - CASO 8225 shopped **

May 4, 1936 - CASO 23014 and 23019 overhauled **

May 7, 1936 - NYC 5256 makes test run over CASO **

May 8, 1936 - CASO 8597 & NYC 2491 shopped **

May 9, 1936 - CASO 8228 shopped **

May 12, 1936 - CASO 7953 shopped **

May 15, 1936 - CASO 8228 operating on freight trains **

May 26, 1936 - CASO 8226 shopped **

June 1, 1936 - Attercliffe station closed **

June 19, 1936 - MCR train No. 44 carried an unusual car. A large fish car from John G. Sheld Aquarium of Chicago en route to Massachusetts for loading.

June 22, 1936 - CASO 8215 shopped **

June 25, 1936 - CASO 8218 shopped **

June 26, 1936 - CASO 23012 overhauled **

June 28, 1936 - A special train went over the CASO for the 1936 Democratic Convention at Philadelphia. **

June 29, 1936 -  CASO 7952 shopped **

July 2, 1936 - NYC Mercury on display in Buffalo **

July 7, 1936 - All passenger trains operate in 2 sections **

July 7, 1936 - St. Thomas locomotive shop to repair 2 Wabash locomotive per month **

July 7, 1936 - 4 extra passenger trains operate **

July 20, 1936 - CASO 8228 shopped **

July 24, 1936 - CASO 8219 shopped **

July 28, 1936 - CASO 8215, 8219 and 8216 operating on freights.  CASO 8215 operates on mixed train to Windsor **

August 10, 1936 - Renumbering of locomotives starts showing up.  2 renumbered mohawks NYC 2996 and 2964 operating on the CASO.  Yard engine renumbered NYC 6996.  NYC 5365 in fresh paint. **

September 5, 1936 - NYC 5315 operating in International service after recent shopping **

September 11, 1936 - Track pans at Edwards dismantled **

September 21, 1936 - Derailment at Windsor **

September 24, 1936 - NYC 5362 shopped **

September 30, 1936 - CASO 23073 overhauled **

October 1, 1936 - CASO-WABASH locomotive shop deal **

October 9, 1936 - WABASH 2050 and 1676 shopped **

October 22, 1936 - Paddy Miles, the CASO Niagara branch Conductor made $1,000 when Grover Cleveland was elected because Cleveland was a fisherman and traveled to Niagara-on-the-Lake. **

October 26, 1936 - NYC 5273 shopped **

October 29, 1936 - NYC 2995 shopped **

October 31, 1936 - Waterford to Hagersville switcher discontinued until spring 1937.  Engine and train crew returned to St. Thomas.  Did this train use the TH&B Waterford engine house ??  **

November 20, 1936 - NYC 6997 shopped **

December 19, 1936 - NYC 5371 shopped **

December 24, 1936 - CASO moves 24 eastbound freight trains in 24 hours **

December 28, 1936 - NYC 4662 shopped **

January 4, 1937 - 10 extra passenger trains operate over CASO **

January 19, 1937 - MCRR - CS DIV initials being removed from locomotives and way cars **

January 26, 1937 - NYC 2004 shopped **

February 23, 1937 - NYC 2996 & 5373 shopped **

February 24, 1937 - CASO 7553 converted to yard engine for local service **

February 27, 1937 - NYC 5364 shopped **

March 2, 1937 -  CASO moves 800 empty automobile cars to Detroit in 24 hours **

March 5, 1937 - NYC 5370 shopped **

March 8, 1937 - NYC 2042 shopped **

March 20, 1937 - NYC 5373 shopped **

March 25, 1937 - The NYC dispatched six hudsons in three sets of doubleheaders from St Thomas to Hamilton on the TH&B with one coach load of train crews for Easter traffic. **

April 10, 1937 - CASO operated 6 freight and 5 passenger trains in 3 hours **

April 13, 1937 - Train #56 operated in two sections with locomotives NYC 5373 and 5365 **

April 24, 1937 - NYC 5363 shopped **

April 27, 1937 - The towerman at Pelton Junction threw a Pere Marquette train off the track when he saw an approaching NYC passenger train he quickly changed his instructions to the PM train and set a derail against the PM train. **

April 29, 1937 - Massive flooding in western Ontario. Wabash trains were routed over the CASO between Canfield Junction and St Thomas. **

May 1, 1937 - Attempt to derail Empire State Express at Batavia **

May 4, 1937 - NYC 5363 shopped **

May 17, 1937 - New Waterford to Hagersville switcher for stone quarries **

May 20, 1937 - Heavy eastbound traffic continues.  NYC 2964 hauled 93 loaded cars. WB-2 with NYC 2994 arrives in St. Thomas with 70 loaded cars.  **

May 27, 1937 - NYC 5295 shopped **

June 2, 1937 - NYC 5364 & 5360 shopped **

June 7, 1937 - NYC 5327 shopped **

June 8, 1937 - 5 extra passenger trains operate over the CASO in one day **

June 9, 1937 - CASO west local derails in St. Thomas yards blocking access to yard.  Locomotive was NYC 2022 **

June 11, 1937 - More frills are put on the hudson locomotives and all are the J1d engines as they come out of the shops will have a control valve to the water gauge. Engines No. 5360, No. 5363 and No. 5364 already have the control on them. **

June 11, 1937 - Derailment at Welland

June 22, 1937 - 20 special passenger trains operated over CASO for Shriners convention in Detroit and the Louis-Braddock Boxing Match in Chicago **

June 26, 1937 - 30 special passenger trains operated over CASO for the Boy Scout Jamboree in Washington **

July 15, 1937 - 15 special passenger trains operated over CASO for the Boy Scouts **

July 22, 1937 - Diesel locomotive being tested for Black Rock -North Park area of Buffalo **

August 14, 1937 - NYC 5362 shopped **

August 26, 1937 - NYC 6998 shopped **

September 7, 1937 - Wolverine operates in 2 sections **

September 13, 1937 - Commodore Vanderbilt involved in accident at Sheldon Road, Lancaster, Buffalo **

September 14, 1937 - NYC 2046 shopped **

September 20, 1937 - Legionaires occupy many trains to New York City.  11 extra trains operated to handle them **

September 20, 1937 - NYC 5321 shopped **

September 21, 1937 - Powerful Diesel-Electric engines pass over the CASO. A pair of 125 ton locomotives en route to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. NYC 2043 hauled a dozen cars and the two dead engines from EMD. **

September 23, 1937 - The Rock Island Railroad "Rocket" makes a trip through St Thomas. The latest stainless steel streamlined train passed over the CASO en route to Chicago. It happened at 6:45 Wednesday evening and it was pulled by NYC 4390 **

September 24, 1937 - NYC 2026 shopped **

September 30, 1937 - CASO rails get annual crude oil bath - Oiler started in Windsor and worked east.  **

October 1, 1937 - 3 Santa Fe Budd stainless steel coaches travel on the CASO on the way to the Santa Fe. **

October 5, 1937 - St. Thomas locomotive shops busy.  Besides NYC locomotives - there is work being done on 1 Wabash and 2 TH&B Wabash locomotives.  **

October 15, 1937 - NYC 2013 shopped **

October 26, 1937 - NYC 5372 shopped **

October 29, 1937 - NYC 5427 - first J3 on the CASO pulls train #45 to Windsor.  Returns next day with freight train **

November 25, 1937 - 7 extra passenger trains for US Thanksgiving travellers **

December 6, 1937 - Another new J3 on the CASO - NYC 5423 **

December 16, 1937 - Joe Louis, the Heavy Weight Champion was a passenger on train No. 15 going to St Louis on the NYC Wednesday **

December 18, 1937 - 14 extra passenger trains operated on the CASO **

January 4, 1938 - NYC 5367 shopped **

January 12, 1938 - Derailment of Detroiter at Fletcher PHOTO

January 18, 1938 - The North shore Limited has a mishap in the St Thomas yard. A broken journal lets the end down on a Pullman car. **

January 31, 1938 - Freight train derails at a switch near Tillsonburg - 10 cars derailed **

February 5, 1938 - NYC 7550 shopped **

February 9, 1938 - NYC 5370 shopped **

February 11, 1938 - NYC 2995 shopped **

February 14, 1938 - Trailer added to gas electric **

February 18, 1938 - Train #45 had 3 Santa Fe passenger cars on rear of train **

February 23, 1938 - NYC 5371 shopped **

March 11, 1938 - 4 sections of the 20th Century Limited travel over the CASO due to derailment at Dunkirk, NY - Fourth time 20th Century Limited has detoured over the CASO. **

March 15, 1938 - Ethel Barrymore came through St Thomas. on the CASO **

April 2, 1938 - NYC 5363 **

April 9, 1938 - NYC hudsons pulling freight on the CASO **

April 9, 1938 - NYC 2017 shopped **

May 5, 1938 - NYC 5360 shopped **

May 7, 1938 - 3 new passenger cars for 20th Century Limited travel over CASO **

May 21, 1938 - NYC 5408 makes a trial run over CASO **

June 3, 1938 - NYC 5406 shopped **

June 18, 1938  - NYC 5218 shopped **

June 29, 1938 - NYC 7192 shopped **

August 26, 1938 - Disposal of old NYC boxcars underway **

September 7, 1938 - 78 cars of coal pulled by mohawk on the CASO **

September 17, 1938 - Train #15 hauled by NYC 5421 **

October 3, 1938 - NYC 5362 shopped **

October 6, 1938 - A solid train of 50 tank cars of coconut oil destined for Lever Brothers at Kober, Indiana was hauled over the CASO by NYC 2974. **

October 26, 1938 - Switch engines at Buffalo to be replaced by diesels **

December 6, 1938 - NYC 7192 shopped **

December 10, 1938 - NYC 7190 shopped **

December 12, 1938 - NYC 2058 shopped **

December 17, 1938 - 11 extra passenger trains travel over the CASO **

December 31, 1938 - Busiest day on the CASO in 5 years **

January 13, 1939 - NYC 2942 shopped **

January 28, 1939 - NYC  2964 shopped **

February 13, 1939 - NYC 5365 shopped **

March 15, 1939 - NYC 2970 & 2052 shopped **

March 24, 1939 - NYC 2269 pulls train of substantial tonnage, the reporter noticed that farther back from the pipe which released the sand on the rails there was another pipe which emitted boiling water almost like steam. Inquiries revealed that this hot water heater washes the released sand off the rails. Often the sand cakes on the rails and clings to the wheels and later accumulates  in the brake shoes.  **

April 28, 1939 - Danish Royalty, Crown Prince Frederick and Princess Ingrid were in St Thomas on Thursday They came in on Train No. 44,with engine NYC 5417. **

May 3, 1939 - The Norwegian Royal Party en route to Detroit on the Michigan Central from the 1939 New York World's Fair came through St Thomas. Crown Prince Olav rode in Private Car No. 2. **

May 10, 1939 - CASO/NYC will curtail some service due to coal shortage **

May 25, 1939 - NYC 2964 shopped **

May 30, 1939 - Rail officials arrange details of the British Royal Visit. The Michigan Central will run a special excursion train from Ridgetown to St Thomas then to London over the London and Port Stanley Railroad. **

June 3, 1939 - The CASO will operate three passenger specials to Niagara Falls for the Royal Visit. **

June 3, 1939 - NYC 5367 shopped **

June 7, 1939 - The Ridgetown special train for the Royal Visit over the Michigan Central arrived at St Thomas with twenty cars and had to be split into two trains  in the L&PS yards and was then taken to London by electric motors. **

June 18, 1939 - The Empire State Express will have a connection with the Michigan Central. The new train No. 50, Detroit to Buffalo, to start on the Canadian Division **

June 18, 1939 - New NYC Pullmans and coaches are being delivered **

June 24, 1939 - NYC 4643 shopped **

June 30, 1939 - NYC 5370 shopped **

July 4, 1939 - NYC 5367 shopped **

July 12, 1939 - NYC gas electric hits a car **

July 13, 1939 - NYC gas electrics on CASO are M-202 and M-408 **

July 15, 1939 - More new Pullman cars appear on train #47 - the Detroiter **

July 18, 1939 - NYC gas electrics on CASO are M-203 and M-17 **

July 21, 1939 - The NYC have extra trains for the World's Fair. The new train No. 50 makes a direct connection with the Empire State Express at Niagara Falls, New York before going to Buffalo, then returns as No. 51 The Frontiersman. **

July 22, 1939 - Six extra passenger trains operate over the CASO **

July 24, 1939 - NYC 5367 shopped **

July 25, 1939 - More new Pullman cars appear on CASO trains **

July 29, 1939 - NYC 5305 shopped **

August 2, 1939 - Detroiter to get new equipment **

August 5, 1939 - NYC 5363 shopped **

August 10, 1939 - New Pullman "City of Cleveland" travels east over CASO **

August 17, 1939 - NYC 2964 shopped **

August 22, 1939 - Extra freight run to Leamington due to canning season **

August 23, 1939 - NYC 5374 shopped **

August 29, 1939 - 20 passenger trains operate over the CASO per day **

August 31, 1939 - The Detroiter is carrying six steel-gray streamlined cars now. Trains No. 40 and No. 47, Detroit to New York expects to be fully streamlined in one month. **

September 4, 1939 - Due to WWII - All bridges on CASO to be protected by armed guards **

October 6, 1939 - NYC 2007 shopped **

October 12, 1939 - NYC 4643 shopped **

October 12, 1939 - Michigan Central train No. 15 is likely to connect with the new "Mercury". **

October 19, 1939 - Disk drivers on NYC 5435 **

November 19, 1939 - NYC 2998 now on the CASO.  **

November 19, 1939 - NYC 5272 shopped **

November 24, 1939 - NYC 2960 shopped **

November 24, 1939 - NYC 5438 operated on CASO with disk drivers **

December 16, 1939 - NYC 2991 shopped **

December 21, 1939 - NYC 2013 shopped **

December 23, 1939 - NYC 2048 shopped **

December 28, 1939 - NYC 2974 shopped **

January 2, 1940 -  A CASO engineer brings his train from Buffalo into St Thomas despite a broken knee cap. **

January 4, 1940 - Double headers frequent on the CASO **

January 4, 1940 - St. Thomas station being heated by NYC 4644 **

January 10, 1940 - NYC 2964 shopped **

January 13, 1940 - Diesels for Chicago pass through St. Thomas **

February 1, 1940 - NYC 4643 shopped **

February 11, 1940 - NYC 2034 shopped **

March 7, 1940 - NYC 2014 shopped **

March 12, 1940 - NYC 2050 shopped **

March 18, 1940 - NYC 5444 operated in International service from Windsor to Harmon, NY **

March 25, 1940 - NYC 2974 shopped **

April 5, 1940 - NYC 5318 shopped **

April 11, 1940 - Double headers frequent on CASO again **

April 27, 1940 - Many extra passenger trains operate over CASO **

April 27, 1940 - NYC 5218 & 2997 shopped **

April 30, 1940 - NYC gas electric M-404 operating on the St. Clair branch **

May 3, 1940 - NYC 5432 operates through St. Thomas with disk drivers **

May 6, 1940 - NYC 5242 shopped **

May 10, 1940 - NYC 6999 now has gothic lettering **

May 10, 1940 - NYC 2014 shopped **

May 14, 1940 - New 127 lb. rail being installed on CASO **

May 15, 1940 - NYC 2970 shopped **

May 16, 1940 - NYC special train for the Railroad Enthusiasts Inc., the National Railway Historical Society, and the Model Railroad Club of Buffalo will run from Buffalo to Detroit next week. **

May 18, 1940 - Michigan Central officials are here in St Thomas in Private Car No. 8 on train No. 56. Four extra cars were added to train No. 15 for the railway enthusiasts. **

May 22, 1940 - NYC 2018 & 2974 shopped **

June 4, 1940 - Extra passenger trains operating daily on CASO **

June 15, 1940 - NYC 2032 shopped **

June 21, 1940 - Train #50 to become a section of the Empire State Express **

July 3, 1940 - NYC 5208 shopped **

July 24, 1940 - NYC 5234 shopped **

July 28, 1940 - Model Airplane crashes into yard switcher in Windsor

August 10, 1940 - NYC 5367 shopped and now has the new gothic lettering **

August 13, 1940 - NYC rail detector car in St. Thomas **

August 15, 1940 - NYC 2972 shopped **

August 16, 1940 - NYC passenger locomotives had speedometers - freight locomotives do not **

August 20, 1940 - Five extra passenger trains over the CASO carrying Buick dealers **

August 27, 1940 - NYC 5372 shopped **

August 28, 1940 - NYC 2043 shopped and now has the new gothic lettering - first of it's class to have the new lettering **

August 29, 1940 - NYC 5328 is back in international service **

August 30, 1940 - NYC 5365 shopped **

September 3, 1940 - A NYC Hudson left the rails just west of the First Avenue subway on Saturday evening at about 6:30. **

September 17, 1940 - One dozen passenger trains in one hour and 15 minutes were handled over the CASO. In addition to half a dozen freight trains that were handled. There were six sections of train No. 17 of the westbound Wolverine, and two sections of train No. 47, the Detroiter, and two sections of train No. 40, The North Shore Limited. As well there was a special for Al Jolson and the "Hold your Hat Company', and a special train for the "Detroit Lions" baseball club. **

September 18, 1940 - 5372 shopped **

September 19, 1940 - NYC Black Rock, NY freight station fire, which was a landmark at Tonawanda Street and West Avenue, Buffalo. **

September 28, 1940 - American Legion special trains over the CASO, there were six sections to the Wolverine. **

October 3, 1940 - CASO St. Thomas shops to operate 6 days a week **

October 7, 1940 - NYC engine threw a driving wheel tire at Welland late Sunday night while it was hauling train No. 39, the North Shore Limited. **

October 8, 1940 -  The World Series helped to boost passenger travel, as well as two passenger specials for the University of Michigan-Harvard game. **

October 18, 1940 - 2994 shopped **

October 19, 1940 - All NYC trains are routed over the CASO because of a collision Friday night at South Bend, Indiana. All south shore trains are routed through St Thomas. Several sections of CD-4 the solid meat train came through Saturday, and two sections of the Wolverine. **

October 21, 1940 - NYC 2022 shopped **

October 22, 1940 - NYC 2994 shopped **
 
October 29, 1940 - NYC 2960 shopped **

November 16, 1940 - NYC 5372 shopped **

November 18, 1940 - St Clair branch, mixed train service to starts **

December 9, 1940 - Train #139 operated in 3 sections **

December 10, 1940 - NYC 2999 shopped **

December 13, 1940 - Four extra express trains operate over CASO **

December 17, 1940 - NYC 2998 shopped **

December 17, 1940 - NYC 5441 with disk drivers operates over CASO **

December 19, 1940 - Seven extra passenger trains operate over CASO **

December 21, 1940 - Fourteen extra passenger trains operate over CASO in 24 hours **

December 21, 1940 - NYC 5212 & 5366 shopped **

December 24, 1940 - Fourteen  more special trains in 24 hours, there were six sections of the Wolverine and six sections of train No. 44, th The Trans Atlantic Limited. **

December 30, 1940 - Train #139 pulled by NYC 5372 & 5374 **

December 31, 1940 - Double header with NYC 5372 & 5236 **

January 6, 1941 - NYC 5371 shopped **

January 7, 1941 - 14 extra passenger trains operate over the CASO - mostly college students **

January 15, 1941 - NYC 5363 shopped **

January 20, 1941 - NYC 5416 with disc drivers operating on the CASO **

January 23, 1941 - NYC  2048 shopped **

January 28, 1941 - NYC 2048 being used on work train **

February 5, 1941 - NYC 5363 replaces gas-electric on local train **

February 6, 1941 - NYC 5432 fresh out of Albany shops operated on train #139 through St. Thomas **

February 6, 1941 - NYC 2962 shopped **

February 15, 1941 - NYC 5365 & 5369 doublehead train #45 from St. Thomas to Windsor **

February 27, 1941 - Hudson pulls 50 car freight train .  NYC 2036 hauls 110 car train freight train **

March 1, 1941 - NYC 5373 shopped **

March 14, 1941 - Extra express trains operating over the CASO **

March 17-18, 1941 - Many doubleheaded trains operate over the CASO **

March 20, 1941 - First track gang of the season operating on the CASO **

March 25, 1941 - NYC 5369 & 2968 shopped **

March 28, 1941 - New 127lbs. rail to be installed between Buxton and Muirkirk **

April 1, 1941 - NYC 5296 shopped **

April 3, 1941 - NYC 2960 shopped **

April 10, 1941 - NYC 2046 shopped **

April 12, 1941 - NYC 2991 shopped **

May 9, 1941 - NYC 4644 shopped **

May 9, 1941 - NYC 600 series diesels heading west over CASO **

May 15, 1941 - More streamlined passenger cars appear on the Detroiter **

May 20, 1941 -  Niagara Branch from Chippawa to Niagara Jct. abandoned.

May 23, 1941 - NYC 880 - oldest locomotive on the CASO - back in service on the St. Clair branch **

May 28, 1941 - NYC 2992 shopped **

May 29, 1941 - NYC 6994 shopped **

June 12, 1941 - NYC 5288 shopped **

June 12, 1941 - Many rebuilt automotive boxcars appearing on the CASO as rail traffic increases for defence purposes **

June 23, 1941 - Maritime labour strike forces Pere Marquette trains to reroute via Detroit-Windsor tunnel **

June 24, 1941 - NYC 4644 shopped **

June 25, 1941 - Wabash steam locomotives being re-serviced at MCRR shops **

July 17, 1941 - NYC 2998 shopped **

July 19, 1941 - NYC 5439 with disc drivers hauls train #44 over CASO **

July 22, 1941 - Canada Southern Railway name to appear on rebuilt boxcars **

July 22, 1941 - Dewitt Clinton operates in two sections over CASO **

July 28, 1941 - President of NYC inspects both TH&B and CASO **

August 9, 1941 - NYC 5240 shopped **

August 16, 1941 - Niagara Branch between Chippawa to Niagara Jct. now a road **

August 19, 1941 - NYC 6991 shopped **

August 23, 1941 - NYC 2961 shopped **

August 27, 1941 - NYC 2036 shopped **

August 30, 1941 - NYC 5365 shopped **

September 9, 1941 - NYC 2966 involved in grade crossing accident at Tilbury **

September 13, 1941 - NYC 2026 shopped **

September 19, 1941 - Empire State Express soon to be streamlined - equipment starting to arrive **

September 20, 1941 - NYC 2049 shopped **

September 26, 1941 - NYC 5365 shopped **

September 29, 1941 - Train #50 makes maiden trip with locomotive NYC 5410 with disc drivers **

October 3, 1941 - NYC 5362 shopped **

October 9, 1941 - NYC 2970 & 2030 doublehead drag freight to Windsor **

October 15, 1941 - NYC 881 out of shops **

October 18, 1941 - NYC 2018 shopped **

October 21, 1941 - More CASO boxcars and flatcars released from shops **

October 25, 1941 - 16 car Football extra from Buffalo for Minnesota - Michigan game **

October 30, 1941 - The Duke of Windsor passes through St Thomas. The Duke of Windsor occupied a NYC Private Car attached to a special section of train No. 47; the Detroiter over the Canada Division of the MCR on Thursday morning at six o'clock. A large Hudson pulled his train **

November 6, 1941 - NYC 5363 shopped **

November 8, 1941 - Streamlined Empire State Express equipment travels over CASO **

November 11, 1941 - St. Thomas station restoration after fire of 1923 **

November 14, 1941 - 2 NYC derailments east of Buffalo affecting CASO traffic **

November 15, 1941 - CASO passenger traffic to increase due to college student travels shortly **

November 18, 1941 - Test run of streamlined Empire State Express expected this week **

December 7, 1941 - First run of new Empire State Express **

December 9, 1941 - No train tickets to be sold to Japanese persons **

December 9, 1941 - Four stainless steel coaches are being operated daily on the Empire State Express through St Thomas. Trains No 50 and 51 carry about seven other coaches. Three of the streamlined cars that came through St Thomas were named the "Charles Hughes", the"DeWitt Clinton", and the "Charles Whittman." The fourth car was a dining car that was not named but did have a special number.

December 18, 1941 - Second sections of Detroiter and Wolverine operate over CASO **

December 18, 1941 - There were different streamlined coaches handled on the Empire State Express through St Thomas on Thursday morning; the "Alfred E. Smith", the "John J. Hamilton Fisk", and the "William H. Seward." **

December 19, 1941 - Buffalo and the frontier in black-out situation **

December 20 , 1941 - A record run of passenger specials run over the Michigan Central. All the regular trains are running in two and three sections. Most are University of Michigan students. There are six streamlined cars. **

January 6, 1942 - The streamlined 20th Century Limited was routed through Canada in five sections due to a freight train wreck near Sandusky, Ohio. **

January 7, 1942 - Three locomotives arrive in St. Thomas alone from Windsor **

January 8, 1942 - Trains keep moving in zero degree weather.  Locomotive NYC 2055 keeping St. Thomas station warm **

January 17, 1942 - Sonja Henie Troupe came over the NYC in a special train. **

February 16, 1942 - A new 100,000 gallon water tank starts to be constructed next Monday at St Thomas. **

February 16, 1942 - NYC 7552 and 5366 shopped **

February 16, 1942 -  NYC diesel passes through St. Thomas **


March 16, 1942 - NYC 5371 shopped **

March 18, 1942 - The Empire State Express has five streamlined cars. **

April 7, 1942 - NYC 5361 shopped **

April 9, 1942 - NYC 5372 shopped **

May 4, 1942 - NYC 5369 operating on freight trains **

May 6, 1942 - There are from four to eight streamlined cars through St Thomas every day.  **

May 13, 1942 - Oil tank trains of one hundred cars are becoming quite common.  **

May 21, 1942 - NYC 2972 shopped **

June 7, 1942 - The new MCR passenger train makes its maiden trip on Sunday, train No. 33, The New Englander Wolverine.  **

June 20, 1942 - NYC 2976 shopped **

June 26, 1942 - NYC 2042 shopped **

July 2, 1942 - More new 127 lb. rail laid at Dutton **

July 8, 1942 - NYC 5363 shopped **

July 23, 1942 - NYC 2996 shopped **

July 23, 1942 - MCR derailment at Essex. **

July 23, 1942 - Two sections of train No. 50 and No. 51, six cars were hauled by two "5300" class engines; eight car of express and the rest streamlined
equipment.  **

July 31, 1942 - Michigan Central, Thursday night, train No. 51, The Empire State Express was hauled by NYC 5410, with Disc wheels, sixteen cars long. Eight cars of express, and eight passenger cars of which four were streamlined cars. Train No. 50 eastbound with NYC 5367 hauling 16 cars. Train No. 35, NYC 5251 hauled 13 cars.  **

August 6, 1942 - NYC 5366 on train No. 35 with 15 cars. **

August 20, 1942 - Some Pere Marquette Railroad trains are routed through the NYC tunnel.  **

August 21, 1942 - NYC 2993 shopped **

August 24, 1942 - NYC 5367 shopped **

September 2, 1942 - Derailment at Courtright.  **

September 3, 1942 - NYC train 50 was hauled by NYC 5362, seventeen cars.  **

September 12, 1942 - NYC 2963 shopped **

September 14, 1942 - NYC 2046 shopped **

September 17, 1942 - NYC to convert parlour cars to coaches **

September 29, 1942 - NYC 2962 shopped **

October 2, 1942 - NYC 5369 & 5364 shopped **

October 7, 1942 - St. Thomas yard engine derailed at the Ross Street subway. **

October 22, 1942 - NYC 2017 shopped **

October 23, 1942 - NYC 7191 shopped **

October 29, 1942 - NYC 6993 shopped **

November 4, 1942 - NYC 2013 shopped **

November 26, 1942 - NYC 6999 shopped **

December 18, 1942 - NYC 5372 shopped **

December 28, 1942 - NYC 2990 shopped **

December 31, 1942 - NYC 5365 shopped **

January 4, 1943 - NYC 5209 and NYC 5272 hauled train No. 35 to Windsor. **

January 7, 1943 - NYC streamlined engine No. 5429, a huge streamlined monster of the NYC System, on Wednesday was on the International run from Harmon, New York to Windsor with the Wolverine. It returned on The Empire State Express.. The engine has Disc wheels and a bullet shaped nose.  **

January 16, 1943 - NYC 1041, an old MCR hogger, was converted into a yard engine and is doing service in the local st Thomas yards.  **

January 21, 1943 - Another streamliner. The second NYC streamliner in recent weeks passed over the Canadian Division of the Michigan Central on Wednesday. The engine was No. 5449, and it hauled the second section of train No. 50, The Empire State Express. **

January 28, 1943 - NYC 2055 shopped **

February 1, 1943 - NYC 2013 shopped **

February 2, 1943 - The MCR derrick hauled by NYC 4644 was involved in a minor derailment.  **

February 9, 1943 - The 20th Century Flyer makes a trip over the Michigan Central line through St Thomas on Monday night around eleven o'clock at night because of a train wreck at Dunkirk, New York. It had a big electric light on the rear with 20th Century.  The engine on the 20th Century NYC 5254. The Engineers were J. Hardy and William Carter. The firemen were L. Fowler and Mr. Westaway.**

February 13, 1943 - The latest NYC streamlined engine to go through St Thomas was NYC 5426 which was used on train No. 139. The previous one was engine NYC 5429. NYC 5421 is not streamlined but has Disc Drivers.  **

February 15, 1943 - NYC 2026 shopped **

February 15, 1943 - NYC 881 used to heat St. Thomas station **

February 19, 1943 - Oil shipments over CASO increasing **

February 22, 1943 - NYC 2042 shopped **

February 27, 1943 - NYC 5370 shopped **

March 6, 1943 - Heavier traffic arrives with the latest blizzard, Michigan Central passenger engines assigned to freight service.  **

March 6, 1943 - NYC 5362 shopped **

March 9, 1943 - NYC 2053 shopped **

March 16, 1943 - Oil shipments continue to expand on the local railroads. It has been approved to carry oil in fifty balloons that would allow 10,000 gallons of oil to be carried in boxcars. The B&O have automobile cars that carry four steel tanks.  **

March 16, 1943 - A side-rod snapped in two on an International Hudson NYC 5232, hauling train No. 48, the Detroiter near Rodney on Monday evening.  **

March 24, 1943 - Engine work has been delayed, engine NYC 5232 had the side-rod snap at Rodney, and NYC 5264 just limped in to St Thomas on Saturday. MCR shop men are striving to keep up with the work on Wabash engines.  **

March 24, 1943 - NYC 2052 shopped **

April 9, 1943 - NYC 2030 shopped **

April 10, 1943 - NYC 2003 shopped **

April 14, 1943 - NYC 2007 shopped **

April 26, 1943 - NYC 2961 shopped **

May 4, 1943 - NYC 5367 shopped **

May 8, 1943 - NYC 2014 shopped **

May 20, 1943 - NYC 2053 shopped **

May 25, 1943 - NYC 2991 shopped **

June 1, 1943 - NYC 6999 shopped **

June 5, 1943 - NYC 2044 shopped **

June 11, 1943 - NYC 2881 shopped **

June 11, 1943 - Oil being carried in boxcars **

June 15, 1943 - CASO handles 600 cars of oil per day **

June 15, 1943 - NYC 2965 shopped **

June 18, 1943 - NYC 5366 shopped **

June 19, 1943 - NYC 2058 shopped **

June 22, 1943 - NYC 2991 shopped **

July 3, 1943 - NYC 2050 shopped **

July 7, 1943 - Oil flows to Illinois from the south, Texas and Oklahoma where it is loaded into railway tank cars. Fifty per cent of the tank cars are moved through St Thomas, The NYC, Wabash and the Pere Marquette all have oil trains.  **

July 8, 1943 - NYC 964 shopped **

July 10, 1943 - Pere Marquette trains are detoured over the CASO due to a train wreck at Ridgetown.  **

July 16, 1943 - NYC 5366 shopped **

July 23, 1943 - MCR Derrick and engine NYC 2053 left for Windsor.  **

July 24, 1943 - New coal dock is going up at the east end of shop building.  **

July 24, 1943 - NYC 2054 shopped **

August 4, 1943 - CASO handles 4000 to 6000 cars per day.  **

August 5, 1943 - Two white Diesels engines create quite a stir on the CASO when they came through St Thomas en route to California from ALCO, for the State Belt Railway of California. Engines numbers are No. 20 and No.21. They were placed at the end of an empty oil tank car train pulled by NYC 2013.  **

August 7, 1943 - NYC 2053 shopped **

August 9, 1943 - NYC 2031 & 5366 shopped **

August 12, 1943 - Winston Churchill travels over the TH&B and the CASO on a visit to the United states via Niagara Falls.  **

August 12, 1943 - A large number of NYC 5400 type engines are going over the Canadian Division in International Service, these are the big Hudsons, the 5200 and 5300s, some have Disc Drivers.  **

August 17, 1943 - CASO busy with 4500 to 8000 cars a day going through St Thomas on the Canada Division.  **

August 17, 1943 - NYC 5223 shopped **

August 19, 1943 - NYC adding three electric locomotives at Windsor yard.  **

August 14, 1943 - NYC 5366 is back in International Service.  **

August 28, 1943 - NYC 2043 shopped **

September 6, 1943 - NYC 2032 shopped **

September 8, 1943 - NYC 5369 shopped **

September 9, 1943 - A CASO doubleheader with engines NYC 2996 and NYC 2997 on a 100 car westbound drag freight. Both engines are L-2 class. At the tail end were two cabooses Nos. 17979 and 17984.  **

September 14, 1943 - NYC 1072 shopped **

September 14, 1943 - New 127lb. rail being laid at Hagersville **

September 18, 1943 - New fire fighting car drawing attention. **

September 23, 1943 - NYC officials travel over CASO in car #7.  **

September 24, 1943 - NYC 2016 shopped **

September 29, 1943 - NYC 2042 shopped **

October 9, 1943 - Thanksgiving Holiday Trade is boosting the passenger trade. Train No. 44, the Trans Atlantic Limited ran with 15 cars pulled by NYC 5430. There were two derailments on the NYC Lines at Detroit and Illinois.  **

October 14, 1943 - NYC 1047 shopped **

October 19, 1943 - NYC 2004 shopped **

October 21, 1943 - NYC 6995 shopped **

October 23, 1943 - More oil traveling in boxcars over CASO **

November 4, 1943 - NYC 2032 shopped **

November 6, 1943 - One of the 20th Century engines hauls a CASO train. The big monster brings The Empire State Express from Windsor to St Thomas on Saturday. Engine was NYC 5452.  **

December 4, 1943 - NYC 2046 shopped **

December 8, 1943 - NYC 6994 shopped **

December 11, 1943 - A storm and a derailment holds up the CASO mainline trains. A freight train derailed five empty cars at Pelton.  **

December 13, 1943 - Another huge streamlined engine, NYC 5426 went over the CASO on Sunday morning pulling the second section of train No. 50, The Empire State Express. It had Disc wheels and was streamlined throughout.**

December 15, 1943 - The NYC Highgate station, 55 miles west of St. Thomas is closing.  **

December 24, 1943 - NYC 2034 made a trial trip to Rodney.  **

January 3, 1944 - Steady stream of oil trains over CASO, PM and Wabash through St. Thomas.  **

January 3, 1944 - NYC 881 heating St. Thomas station **

January 6, 1944 - NYC 2018 shopped **

January 14, 1944 - NYC 5366, 2022 and 2996 shopped **

January 27, 1944 - Pere Marquette train involved in a rear end collision at Townsend Centre, three miles east of Waterford. An eastbound CASO freight train stopped on the mainline due to a hot journal box. PM 1011, a big 2-8-2, also eastbound smashed through the caboose of the standing train. There were no major injuries. **

January 28, 1944 - One of the huge NYC streamlined engines used on the 20th Century and The Empire State Express was seen going west over the Canada Division Friday morning hauling passenger express train No. 35. Just how it got over on this line isn't known, but it is likely to go back east Friday night possibly hauling train No. 44, the Trans-Atlantic Limited. It is of the 5400 type and it was all enclosed with a bullet nosed front end.  **

January 29, 1944 - A streamliner, NYC 5433, came through St Thomas on the Wolverine.  **

February 10, 1944 - NYC 6992 shopped **

February 16, 1944 - NYC 7190 shopped **

February 17, 1944 - Solid oil trains are still running moving over local rail lines, from 600 to 1000 oil cars pass through St Thomas daily.  **

March 3, 1944 - NYC 2049 shopped **

March 6, 1944 - Big Streamliner on No. 35. Passenger train No.35 on the Canada Division of the NYC was hauled Monday morning through St Thomas by NYC 5429, one of the big Empire State Express streamliners. The big mogul is enclosed in stainless steel to conform with the Empire State Express equipment and is said to be similar to the 20th Century streamliners which occasionally wonder this way. NYC 5429 attracted considerable attention along the Division en route to Windsor. **

March 6, 1944 - One solid tank train of oil was spotted on the CASO going east Sunday morning with 62 tank cars and hauled by NYC 5372. **

March 7, 1944 - NYC 5364 shopped **

March 7, 1944 - Streamliners on the Wolverine. NYC 5429 Empire state Express streamliner which went west hauling train No. 35 on Monday morning, returned Monday night with No. 8, The Wolverine. **

March 9, 1944 - NYC No. 5412 hauled No. 5, The Empire State Express. NYC No. 2013 made a trial run to Rodney.  **

March 30, 1944 - NYC 5409 with Disc Drivers pulls train No. 50, The Empire State Express Thursday morning.  **

April 4, 1944 - NYC 2042 shopped **

April 8, 1944  - NYC 5374 shopped **

April 22, 1944 - NYC 5423 arrived at St Thomas with peculiar counter balances on its drivers. **

May 2, 1944 - The CASO tank car fire at Windsor is being investigated. The rails are warped at the scene, the Dougall Street crossing.   **

May 8, 1944 - One of the NYC streamlined engines of the 5400 class came wandering over the Canada Division of the Michigan Central Saturday night and Sunday. It was observed on Sunday morning hauling No. 50, The Empire State Express eastbound from Windsor, through St Thomas to Buffalo. It is understood that it went west to Windsor late Saturday night or early Sunday morning. The bullet nosed engine attracted considerable attention. A number have gone through St Thomas in International Service in recent months, the war being responsible for the engine's wandering about wherever they are needed the most.  **

May 11, 1944 - NYC 2014 shopped **

May 15, 1944 - NYC 2058 had its whistle stuck while hauling an oil train. **

May 17, 1944 - NYC 960 shopped **

May 19, 1944 - A trackman riding a track jigger was struck by a fast express train at Rodney. The engineer was Edward Long and the locomotive was NYC 5414. **

May 22, 1944 - Many oil trains. The NYC have paired off a number of 2000 class engines to take oil drags to Windsor, and come back with oil trains. **

May 22, 1944 - Train No. 51, The Empire State Express passed through St Thomas Sunday with two engines, NYC 5360 and NYC 5372, and they were hauling 16 cars. **

May 25, 1944 - NYC 5367 shopped **

June 1, 1944 - NYC 2048 shopped **

June 6, 1944 - NYC 5410 on train 44 **

June 7, 1944 - NYC 5366 shopped **

June 8, 1944 - NYC officials make an inspection our in Official Cars No. 7 and No. 12.  **

June 13, 1944 - Diesel engines are getting a trial on the NYC this week. The first two EMD road units will be tried between Elkhart, Indiana and West Springfield, Massachusetts.  **

June 13, 1944 - Train No. 51, the westbound section of The Empire State Express was hauled by two engines Monday night, the NYC 5414 and NYC 5367. **

June 22, 1944 - The NYC "Oiler" was in Buffalo on its maiden trip. It drew a 85 car train to Buffalo from Toledo then went on to DeWitt Yard at Syracuse. It was a four unit EMD.  **

June 23, 1944 - NYC's new Diesel moves faster than a steam locomotive, it was two and a half hours less time between Buffalo and DeWitt Yard. **

June 26, 1944 - NYC 5366 shopped **

July 8, 1944 - NYC 2044, 5294 & 5364 shopped **

July 11, 1944 - NYC 5362 & 6997 shopped **

July 15, 1944 - NYC 5363 shopped **

July 17, 1944 - Doubleheader NYC 2014 and NYC 2013 were westbound on an oil train. **

July 22, 1944 - NYC streamline engine NYC 5451 hauls The Empire State Express.  **

July 24, 1944 - NYC 2054 shopped **

August 3, 1944 - NYC 2960 shopped **

August 4, 1944 - NYC 5365 shopped **

August 5, 1944 - NYC ice-boxes are assigned to engines; 5341, 5346, 5350, 5351, 5358.  **

August 14, 1944 - Another streamlined hudson on the CASO **

August 16, 1944 -  NYC 2004 & 4644 shopped **

August 22, 1944 - NYC boxcar specials which are a combination express and freight train. **

September 2, 1944 - NYC 5275 shopped **

September 9, 1944 - NYC 2034 & 5365 shopped **

September 14, 1944 - New 1800' track pans at Tilbury and Tillsonburg **

September 15, 1944 - NYC 5366 pulled a "boxcar special".  **

September 16, 1944 - NYC 7506 shopped **

September 20, 1944 - NYC 2884 whistle got stuck **

September 21, 1944 - NYC 2051 & 5372 shopped **

September 27, 1944 - NYC 1019 & 2032 shopped **

September 28, 1944 - NYC 2026 shopped **

September 30, 1944 - NYC 5282 shopped **

October 5, 1944 - NYC 7550 shopped **

October 7, 1944 - NYC 5373 shopped **

October 14, 1944 - NYC 2051 & 2032 shopped **

October 17, 1944 - NYC 6991 shopped **

October 28, 1944 - NYC 2042 shopped **

November 2, 1944 - NYC 2966 shopped **

November 23, 1944 - Two Pere Marquette trains collide in CASO St. Thomas yard

November 27, 1944 - Another streamlined hudson travels over the CASO.  **

November 30, 1944 - Thursday morning, when NYC 5429, one of the NYC newest and largest streamlined engines hauled No. 50 eastbound over the Canada Division. It is understood to have hauled No. 51 westbound on Wednesday night, which is the Westbound section of the Empire State Express. Almost half the train Thursday morning was streamlined and after the war it is likely that this type of engine will be assigned regularly to No. 50 and No. 51 through St Thomas and all equipment will be streamlined as well. NYC 5429 has the Empire State Express printed clearly in embossed letters across the bullet shaped nose of the streamliner. The tender of the engine as well as the front part were streamlined. **

December 11, 1944 - Numerous solid oil trains are seen on the NYC, Wabash, and the Pere Marquette. **

December 12, 1944 - NYC 4749 is one of the former "8400" class types made a fine run to Windsor on a freight. NYC 4749 pulled a tank train with ease.**

December 13, 1944 - NYC 5366 shopped **

December 23, 1944 - NYC train No. 139 was double-headed with engine NYC. 5373 and 5441 pulling seventeen cars. **

December 30, 1944 - NYC 2049 shopped *

January 5, 1945 - CASO moves record volume because snow south of Lake Erie so a lot of traffic has been moved north. One and a half feet of snow has fallen. The trains of oil are moving steadily.  **

January 6, 1945 - More traffic is said to be moving. A bottleneck still exists on the eastern frontier near Buffalo. NYC is using the longer route via the Suspension Bridge. NYC trains going into Windsor Tunnel have an ice breaker. **

January 10, 1945 - CASO flyer was held for stranded party. NYC stopped a train at the Kent-Elgin County Line to pick up stranded motorists. **

January 10, 1945 - NYC 5361 shopped **

January 11, 1945 - Much of the NYC's traffic has been diverted to the Ontario short cut.  **

January 16, 1945 - The Wolverine mishap at Springfield due to an overheated trailing truck on a locomotive.**

January 18, 1945 - The Wolverine is canceled due to the snow. **

January 19, 1945 - Trains are getting through, it is better on the Canadian Division, the only cancellation was No. 158 the Welland to Niagara Falls run.  **

January 23, 1945 - The 20th Century Limited is delayed seven hours.**

January 26, 1945 - Train stuck in snow drift east of Alvinston.

January 29, 1945 -  Service resumes on the St Clair Branch.**

January 31, 1945 - Situation at Buffalo is worse, more snow fall.**

February 1, 1945 - Railroads are hit hardest by the latest heavy snowfall. Only coal trains are moving around Buffalo. The NYC receive 300 Guardsmen to work the Buffalo are to remove snow and to allow trains to move. **

February 7, 1945 - Hundreds more snowbound cars are released. New York state Guardsmen are still yielding picks and shovels.**

February 8, 1945 - NYC 5371 shopped **

February 9, 1945 - Since December 16th only two days at a time have been without snow. The Guardsmen saved seven train loads of perishable food stuff and cleaned the way for a dozen ammunition trains. **

February 14, 1945 - The railroad situation is bad again on the eastern frontier around Buffalo. A heavy six inches of fell on the Fort Erie area.**

February 15, 1945 - The NYC Canada Division handle 2500 cars a day.**

February 16, 1945 - Tillsonburg is the scene of a three car spill on the NYC. Ties are torn up on both mainlines. The train was hauled by NYC 2050 going west. An NHL team was two hours late for a game in Madison Square Gardens**

February 16, 1945 - NYC 2049 shopped **

February 20, 1945 - The NYC to operate a train into Niagara Falls on March 1st to accommodate power officials from Chicago, and then to Buffalo.**

February 21, 1945 - Rain melts snow **

March 1, 1945 - One of the latest of the big Hudson Type NYC locomotives to come out of the shops is NYC 5365. It made some test runs to Springfield, Ontario alone and was put into freight service prior to resumption of passenger service.

March 1, 1945 - NYC 7546 shopped **

March 3, 1945 - Redecorating St. Thomas station **

March 7, 1945 - NYC 2018 shopped **

March 10, 1945 - More of the Hudson type passenger engines continue to released from the locomotive shop for International Service. NYC 5367, No. 4643 and No. 5227 have come out of the shops. One of the 5300 went off the tracks in the middle yard in St Thomas.**

March 13, 1945 - Protest against closing of the St. Clair branch.

March 22, 1945 - Plans for new Fort Erie station announced.  **

March 22, 1945 - NYC 2054 shopped **

March 26, 1945 - Oil shipments are heavy, there are solid trains**

March 29, 1945 - NYC 4749 shopped **

April 4, 1945 - NYC 2022 shopped **

April 12, 1945 - NYC 5363 shopped **

April 14, 1945 - NYC 5410 with one of the new large tenders was seen on the CASO Division of the NYC having slipped across the border in International Service. The engine was conspicuous with its big streamlined tank capable of holding 48 tons of coal. The streamliner attached considerable attention along the Division. **

April 14, 1945 - NYC 2034 shopped**

April 18, 1945 - NYC 2973 shopped **

May 2, 1945 - NYC Wolverine jumps the track at Rochester, New York.**

May 2, 1945 - Detroit NYC officials inspect the St Thomas terminal. They arrive in Private Car No. 12.**

May 2, 1945 - NYC 5409, one of the newest and largest of the huge Mikado type was on the Canada Division of the NYC on Tuesday and hauled a westbound freight train to Windsor. It is a passenger engine with disc driving wheels. **

May 7, 1945 - NYC 2970 and No. 2973 return to service and NYC 2022 and 2045 have been rebuilt.**

May 19, 1945 - NYC 2018 shopped **

May 19, 1945 - NYC trains No. 2 and No. 5 steam engines replace Diesels.**

May 21, 1945 - Included in the mass of traffic rolling over the CASO through St Thomas on Sunday was a new Diesel-Electric switch engine destined for one of the NYC terminals west of Detroit. It was NYC 8605 and was hauled west by steam engine NYC 2031.**

May 25, 1945 - NYC 4643 shopped **

May 25, 1945 - NYC 994 returns to yard service.**

June 5, 1945 - NYC 5360 shopped **

June 7, 1945 - NYC 2030 shopped **

June 11, 1945 - NYC 7553 shopped **

June 25, 1945 - NYC 5367 shopped **

July 4, 1945 - NYC 5373 & 5369 shopped **

July 9, 1945 - NYC 5371 shopped **

July 11, 1945 - NYC 2030 shopped **

August 8, 1945 - NYC 5360 & 2058 shopped **

August 17, 1945 - NYC 2052 shopped **

August 20, 1945 - NYC 4744 shopped **

August 27, 1945 - NYC 5369 shopped *

August 1945 - Empire State Ice company ships ice to Santa Fe railroad in Oklahoma

September 1945 - Atomic locomotives on the CASO

September 16, 1945 - 7552 shopped **

September 20, 1945 - 5360 shopped **

October 9, 1945 - NYC 5366 and 2026 shopped **

October 17, 1945 - 5360 shopped **

October 19, 1945 - 5374 & 5312 shopped **

October 27, 1945 - A steam train instead of the gasoline-electric coach, is being operated on the east end of the NYC while the motor car is being overhauled.**

November 17, 1945 - Crack NYC passenger train passes through St Thomas, The 20th Century's were rerouted through St Thomas early this morning, as a result of a wreck at Lydick, Indiana yesterday morning. It was drawn by Diesels.**

November 19, 1945 - More NYC streamliners move over the Canada Division. The Pacemaker, Pathfinder and 20th Century Limited Saturday and Sunday. The Diesel on Saturday night was NYC 4003, and on Saturday night, on the 20th Century Limited. The previous night it was NYC 4002. The Diesel- Electric's went through the Windsor Tunnel.**

November 19, 1945 - NYC 5306 shopped **

November 20, 1945 - NYC 2004 shopped **

December 3, 1945 - NYC 880 shopped **

December 11, 1945 - NYC uses tractors with brushed for snow removal work.**

December 12, 1945 - NYC 7506 has returned to yard service. **

December 12, 1945 - NYC 5372 was on train No. 50, The Empire State express Wednesday morning and the engineers claim it was one of the smoothest running of the NYC International fleet.**

December 17, 1945 - A big blizzard at Buffalo, four feet of snow.**

December 18, 1945 - The Pacemaker was among the extra trains on the NYC Canada Division via Suspension Bridge.**

December 20, 1945 - An embargo on traffic at Buffalo.**

December 29, 1945 - There were nine NYC special passenger trains after the arrival of the steamship Queen Elizabeth returning soldiers.**

January 5, 1946 - NYC engine whistle got stuck while hauling an eastbound freight into St Thomas shortly before noon on Friday. The engine was one of the older "hogger" type..**

January 26, 1946 - During the war 1400 cars of oil passed through St Thomas daily. The oil trains started in 1943, the CASO ran 10 loaded eastbound trains a day. The NYC - because of the tunnel - could not haul explosives but the Pere Marquette and the Wabash could. The NYC ran from two to three troop trains every day.**

February 22, 1945 - NYC 2054 shopped **

February 25, 1945 - More NYC 5300 and 5400 type engines are in International Service.**

February 28, 1945 - The NYC is building a switch-tenders office near the Ross Street subway.**

March 5, 1946 - The 20th Century slips through St Thomas because of a problem across the border. The train was Diesel powered westbound train, and there were two other trains.**

March 12, 1946 - NYC 5218 & 2003 shopped **

March 19, 1946 - Recently out of the shops, NYC 5376 is back in International Service and was spotted on train No. 44 Monday evening.**

March 22, 1946 - NYC 5240 and 5242 are back in International service.**

March 28, 1946 - NYC 5364 & 2004 shopped **

April 10, 1946 - NYC 2022 shopped **

April 13, 1946 - NYC 5373 shopped **

April 17, 1946 - NYC 5364 shopped **

April 23, 1946 - NYC 4750, formerly one of the 8400 class of the NYC is back in mainline service after being overhauled in the shops.**

April 27, 1946 - NYC 5366 just out of the shops hauled train No. 40 eastbound.**

May 3, 1946 - Two of the large 5200 type engines hauled an NYC "boxcar special" into St Thomas from Buffalo on Friday morning, but one engine was removed there and the train rushed on to Windsor.**

May 6, 1946 - NYC 4749 shopped **

May 13, 1946 - NYC 5364 shopped **

May 17, 1946 - NYC 1042 shopped **

May 22, 1946 - US railroad strike affects St. Thomas

May 27, 1946 - Through trains return after US rail strike

June 8, 1946 - NYC 9771 is in St. Thomas **

June 11, 1946 - All NYC trains to be restored **

June 12, 1946 - NYC 2030 shopped **

June 28, 1946 - NYC 1072 shopped **

July 5, 1946 - NYC "Pacemaker Service" fast freight draws attention with its striking bright red coloured boxcars. The Canada Division is used for the Detroit cars.**

July 5, 1946 - NYC 2016 shopped **

July 6, 1946 - NYC 5365 & 2053 shopped **

July 13, 1946 - NYC 5306 shopped **

July 19, 1946 - A train wreck causes the diversion of NYC trains to the CASO. A serious wreck at Collingwood, near Cleveland blocked all four tracks. All of the NYC's New York to Chicago traffic was routed over the Canada Division through St Thomas. Eleven high ranking NYC passenger trains; the Commodore Vanderbilt, the Pacemaker, The New England States Limited, the 20th Century Limited, the Water-Level Limited in both directions.**

July 31, 1946 - NYC 5360 shopped **

August 6, 1946 - 7506 shopped **

August 7, 1946 - 2058 shopped **

August 19, 1946 - Wabash trains use L&PS and CASO from St. Thomas to Windsor

August 19, 1946 - NYC 5366 & 2058 shopped **

August 22, 1946 - NYC 5207 & 2004 shopped **

August 24, 1946 - After several months the "2900" class return to the Canada Division.**

September 6, 1946 - An immense volume of travel moves over the Canada Division, 80 million passengers a year, in 1944 there were 81, 544, 513 passengers, and in 1945 there were 78, 877, 809 passengers.**

September 13, 1946 - NYC 5361 shopped **

September 26, 1946 - NYC 880 shopped **

October 16, 1946 - Diesels for the Ford Plant from ALCO are carried over the NYC.**

October 22, 1946 - The busy Canada Division, at Fort Erie's NYC shops several Pennsylvania Railroad engines are serviced.**

October 26, 1946 - NYC engine No. 4749, one of the former "8400" just out of the shops is in way-freight service on the westend.**

November 5, 1946 - NYC 2030, one of the heavy duty freight haulers with the outside water heaters is back in mainline service.**

November 6, 1946 - Diesels on the Michigan Central, the new engines run through St Thomas on CD-4, the fast beef train.  Starting November 6th at 12:50am three of the huge three unit Diesels are to be assigned to the Canada Division. The Wolverine trains No. 8 and No. 7 have diesels Harmon, New York to Chicago. The freight Diesels will move between Blue Island, Illinois, near Jolliet, and will pass through the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel to DeWitt, New York. They will operate through the tunnel.**

November 7, 1946 - Diesel freight service is introduced on the Michigan Central Lines through St Thomas without a hitch. The maiden trip of Diesel No. 1600 hauling fast freight CD-4, hauled 61 loaded cars. It arrived at St Thomas at 12:40 am. The westend Engineer was William S. Bell with Brad. Williams his fireman. On the eastend Allan Mellor was the Engineer and W. Turville was the fireman.**

November 8, 1946 - The NYC yard engine derailed two cars of corn right on the L&PS just north of Talbot Street in the L&PS yards.**

November 8, 1946 - Second diesel went into operation on the CASO.**

November 12, 1946 - NYC Diesels are speedy, engine No. 1600 pulled 62 loads.**

November 12, 1946 - NYC 7511 shopped **

November 13, 1946 - NYC 5360 shopped **

November 14, 1946 - NYC 2004 shopped **

November 25, 1946 - NYC 1604 passes through St. Thomas **

December 2, 1946 - Diesels- the coal strike. A westbound freight east on Wednesday at 2:15pm had two man A sections back to back. The train was hauled by No. 1606 with the main cab of No. 1604 back of it. There were only two main "A" units used. In most cases one main "A" and two "B" units are used.**

December  5, 1946 - Unless the coal strike is settled two more NYC trains will be taken off.**

December 6, 1946 - Only seven through trains are left on the NYC after Sunday.**

December 6, 1946 - NYC 4750, 4749 & 5373 shopped **

December 12, 1946 - NYC semaphore type signals are changed to dwarf coloured lights.**

December 13, 1946 - Full NYC service restarts on December 13th.**

December 17, 1946 - NYC returned to service two more engines stored at Gardenville (Buffalo), New York yards.**

December 18, 1946 - Passenger Diesels are not yet ready for the NYC Canada Division.**

December 27, 1946 - Much NYC traffic has been diverted because of a train wreck at Batavia, New York.**

December 27, 1946 - An unusual shipment of streamlined streetcars en route from a factory in the east to Chicago was seen in a westbound NYC freight. They were bright green and yellow. NYC 5366, a large passenger engine hauled the freight train with the streetcars.**

December 27, 1946 - NYC 2026 shopped **

December 28, 1946 - NYC 4639 shopped **

December 30, 1946 - NYC locomotive derailed at West Lorne.**

January 8, 1947 - NYC 4750 shopped **

January 9, 1947 - More streamlined trains promised for the CASO **

January 30, 1947 - NYC 5279 shopped **

February 25, 1947 - NYC 5435 operates on the CASO with disc drivers.**

March 5, 1947 - NYC 5365 takes freight train westbound.**

March 5, 1947 - NYC 17987, 17950 and 17935 shopped **

March 27, 1947 - NYC 880 and 961 take snow plough up St. Clair branch **

March 31, 1947 - Diesel return to the CASO.**

April 16, 1947 - NYC 4014 & 4015 arrive on CASO **

April 19, 1947 - NYC 4016 & 4017 arrive on CASO **

April 29, 1947 - NYC 5361 and 5369 hauled passenger train No. 35.**

May 12, 1947 - NYC 5360 shopped **

May 13, 1947 - CASO repairing track pans.**

May 14, 1947 - NYC 5449 shopped **

May 16, 1947 - NYC 5360 shopped **

May 20, 1947 - NYC 5371 & 2048 shopped **

May 22, 1947 - NYC 2052 shopped **

May 26, 1947 - The 20th Century Limited through St Thomas due to wreck in the United States.**

June 3, 1947 - A Circus Train goes over the CASO.**

June 11, 1947 - An official inspection of the CASO.**

June 26, 1947 - NYC 5272 shopped **

June 30, 1947 - NYC 5276 shopped **

July 11, 1947 - NYC 7192 & 2014 shopped **

July 26, 1947 - St. Clair branch busy **

July 28, 1947 - NYC 2048 shopped **

August 5, 1947 - The Wolverine breaks an axle at Attercliffe.**

August 19, 1947 - The New York Yankees travel over the CASO through St Thomas on train No. 33.**

August 25, 1947 - NYC passenger specials boost traffic.**

September 2, 1947 - The General Motors "Train of Tomorrow" runs over the TH&B and the NYC from Buffalo to Toronto.**

October 1, 1947 - NYC 5374 shopped **

October 2, 1947 - NYC 4750 shopped **

October 6, 1947 - NYC 5361 shopped **

November 4, 1947 - NYC 2034, 2055 & 2014 shopped **

November 13, 1947 - The Turkey Trains for US Thanksgiving Day go over the CASO and the Pere Marquette rather than the Wabash.**

November 19, 1947 - NYC 7523 shopped **

November 25, 1947 - New MDT reefers appear on CASO. **

December 3, 1947 - NYC officials make a visit. **

December 12, 1947 - NYC 2017 shopped **

December 17, 1947 -  St Thomas wants a direct train service to Toronto, via the CASO, the TH&B, and the CPR.**

December 19, 1947 -  CASO shops repair locomotives of the Canadian National Railway.**

December 20, 1947 - Diesels on freight trains, SD-4 and CD-3.**

January 2, 1948 - The old CASO car shop on Wellington Street roof was blown down by a storm.**

January 6, 1948 - CASO grade crossing accident near.**

January 9, 1948 - NYC 2053 shopped **

January 12, 1948 - The CASO will get new Diesel Power, the Canadian Division to get its share of passenger Diesels.**

January 24, 1948 - NYC 7550 shopped **

January 30, 1948 - The snow plows are at work on the St Clair Branch, it is 25 degrees below zero.**

February 3, 1948 - Railway Express agency special over the CASO. The Railway Express Agency have very new refrigerator cars that are painted gray, green, red and blue. The train was hauled through St Thomas by NYC 5217.**

February 6, 1948 - NYC power shortage is due to the cold. There are slower schedules with cars frozen in the yards.**

February 7, 1948 - NYC cuts off trains east of Buffalo.**

February 14, 1948 - Another solid Railway Express train came through St Thomas with 24 refrigerator cars at 12:30 at night. There was a new coach on the Empire State Express.**

February 26, 1948 - Rail Detector Car NYC X-8015 on the CASO.**

March 15, 1948 - NYC 5373 shopped **

March 19, 1948 - NYC plans to reduce train service because of the coal situation.**

March 30, 1948 - NYC 5370 shopped **

April 1, 1948 - CASO shops are to close due to the coal shortage.**

April 1, 1948 - There was a long NYC express train with 60 express cars bound for Windsor came through St Thomas pulled by NYC 5369.**

April 5, 1948 - NYC Private Car No. 25 was in St Thomas.**

April 7, 1948 - NYC 6995 shopped **

April 15, 1948 - NYC Diesels engines are on trains No. 8,17, 39 and 50, which run through directly to Chicago.**

April 21, 1948 - NYC 5369 shopped **

April 23, 1948 - CASO shops are now back to work. **

April 29, 1948 - NYC 2046 & 2022 shopped **

May 4, 1948 - Only one mainline track is in use as work on reconstruction of the westward mainline proceeds.**

May 5, 1948 - NYC 6993, 2058 & 5370 shopped **

May 6, 1948 - Wabash and CNR steam locomotives are repaired at the CASO St Thomas shops.**

May 6, 1948 - Thirty-three NYC passenger trains are now drawn by Diesels.**

May 13, 1948 - The whistle jams on an NYC steam engine.**

May 19, 1948 - NYC M-406, a motor car, runs from Buffalo to St Thomas and return.**

May 21, 1948 - NYC 881 shopped **

May 28, 1948 - NYC 5202 shopped **

June 3, 1948 - NYC Diesel Instruction Car X-8012 at St. Thomas.**

June 4, 1948 - A mishap on Moore Street when NYC 6991 derailed at the London & Port Stanley Railway crossing.**

June 8, 1948 - The CASO Welland Station was renovated at a cost of $80,000.**

June 8, 1948 - NYC MC-i westbound freight was honoured Tuesday morning when assigned Diesels No. 1006 and No. 1007.**

June 11, 1948 - NYC officials make a visit.**

June 17, 1948 - Unusual combination of locomotives for two diesels were combined with a steam engines on train MC-1. The Diesels were NYC 1623 and 1622 and the steam engine was NYC 5276.**

June 18, 1948 - NYC 881 and 17983 shopped **

June 1948 - Railway Post Office service removed.

July 7, 1948 - NYC train No. 51 The Empire State Express was hauled by a doubleheader, that is two nights in a row, it had 16 cars.**

July 9, 1948 - NYC 2051, 2026, 2004, 2016, 5365 & 962 shopped **

July 9, 1948 - NYC shops are closed for two weeks.**

July 22, 1948 - A strange case of consecutive numbers on doubleheaders over the NYC 5366 and 5367, NYC 5360 and 5370 on the Empire State Express.

July 22, 1948 - NYC 7507 and 2034 shopped **

August 6, 1948 - There were fourteen cars of grain on the St. Clair Branch.**

August 18, 1948 - An NYC locomotive was derailed at St Thomas. *

August 25, 1948 - NYC 881 is now NYC 1291 to avoid conflict with new diesel switchers.**

August 27, 1948 - NYC 5361 shopped **

August 31, 1948 - NYC 5362 shopped **

September 8, 1948 - NYC 2044 shopped **

September 15, 1948 - NYC 2053 shopped **

September 24, 1948 - A US election campaign special came over the CASO with Governor Earl Warren and party in a 15 car passenger train.**

September 25, 1948 - The CASO Fort Erie station is to be of then California Style 40 feet by 135 feet long.**

September 29, 1948 - NYC motor car inspection.**

October 4, 1948 - NYC 5232 & 2040 shopped **

October 18, 1948 - Governor Dewey election campaign train came through St Thomas on the CASO.  The Governor Dewey campaign special came through smoothly. Two engines pulled 17 passenger cars.**

October 25, 1948 - NYC 2049 shopped **

October 29, 1948 - The NYC official train came through with eleven cars pulled by a Diesel.**

November 11, 1948 - NYC to discontinue the North Shore Limited.**

November 15, 1948 - NYC train No. 35 was hauled by two 5300 type engines**

November 15, 1948 - NYC 5369 shopped **

November 22, 1948 - On Sunday NYC No. 50, The empire State Express was hauled by a Diesel for the first time in some weeks, the engines were NYC 4023 and 4022.**

November 24, 1948 - NYC 4749, formerly one of the 8400 class came out of the shops.**

November 30, 1948 - NYC 1117 shopped **

December 29, 1948 - NYC Diesel units 1029 and No. 1030 hauled MC-i westbound on the Canada Division to Windsor. It was its first trip through Canada.**

January 3, 1949 - Wolverine hauled by diesels.**

January 5, 1949 - NYC 6999 shopped **

January 11, 1948 - Radios are being used on NYC engine crews in Buffalo terminal.**

January 14, 1949 - The General Motors "Train of Tomorrow" is to move Detroit to Black Rock (Buffalo), New York.**

January 18, 1949 - The train of Tomorrow at St Thomas.**

January 24, 1949 - NYC 5367 shopped - runs Harmon to Windsor.**

January 25, 1949 - NYC Diesel 8206 went west to Detroit.**

January 25, 1949 - NYC 7522 shopped **

February 15, 1949 - The equipment for a special St Thomas to Toronto passenger train will have streamlined and air conditioned Bluebird coaches on Wednesday.**

February 25, 1949 - Pacemaker freight service expanding.**

March 9, 1949 - NYC 6999 and 2007 shopped **

March 18, 1949 - NYC and the Grand Trunk Western are taking most of the Wabash traffic.**

March 29, 1949 - More Diesels for the NYC flyers through St Thomas are being assigned to passenger trains. Train No. 8 and No. 17 both east and west, The Wolverine east and west, and No. 50 the Empire State Express. At present time Nos. CD-4 and MC-i fast freights flyers are pulled by Diesel - Electrics.**

April 22, 1949 - Fort Erie depot demolished. **

April 28, 1949 - Fort Erie using two old coaches for depot while new building constructed.**

April 29, 1949 - NYC 2042, 2048, 5365 & 5373 shopped **

April 30, 1949 - CASO grade crossing accident at Fargo.**

May 9th, 1949 -  Diesel car X8012 is coming to the CASO.**

July 5, 1949 - NYC 2044 shopped **

July 18, 1949 - The Empire state Express was hauled by double header NYC. 5371 and 5373 hauling 16 cars. Another doubleheader on Wednesday morning with NYC 2044 and 2054.**

July 23, 1949 - The NYC Honeymoon Express is expensive and runs from Buffalo to Niagara Falls. The Pacemaker Service is expanding and is Diesel powered.**

July 27, 1949 - Another NYC doubleheader with engines NYC 5367 and 5366 on train No. 35.**

July 28, 1949 - The CASO shops have stayed closed for most of July.**

July 29, 1949 - NYC 5371 shopped **

August 4, 1949 - NYC 2058 shopped **

August 9, 1949 - NYC to build a track pan at Ford's Creek. The NYC is now 25% hauled by Diesels in a change started three years ago.**

September 6, 1949 - NYC 7522 shopped **

September 7, 1949 - Gas electric removed from CASO.**

September 14, 1949 - NYC 5323 shopped **

September 21, 1949 - NYC 2042 shopped **

September 22, 1949 - NYC 2026 shopped **

October 5, 1949 - Welded rail being laid near Tilbury.**

October 19, 1949 - The St Clair Branch train derails. The tender trucks of NYC 1291 ripped up the westbound mainline.**

October 19, 1949 - NYC 2032 shopped **

October 28, 1949 - NYC 2043 shopped **

November 2, 1949 - NYC 5363 shopped **

November 17, 1949 - New style of caboose passes through St. Thomas **

November 18, 1949 - NYC 2042 shopped **

November 19, 1949 - Troop train travels over CASO **

December 12, 1949 - NYC 5360 is back from the shops after being overhauled. The engine went west on Saturday as the head engine of a doubleheader.**

December 27, 1949 - Two unit Diesel followed by a 2000 class steam engine took NYC a hotshot freight to Windsor.**

December 30, 1949 - BX Tower operator Bob Binns retired after forty years.**

August 1950 - REA staff in Fort Erie take a holiday

October 6, 1950 - Due to a wreck on the NYC in the United states four trains were routed through Canada including the 20th Century limited.**

October 10, 1950 - The CASO has 2000 to 3000 freight cars passing through St Thomas every day.**

October 12, 1950 - NYC Private Car No. 16 was attached to the rear of train No. 35 hauled by engines NYC 5371 and 5364.**

October 13, 1950 - Extra NYC train No. 48 was run for the Michigan University football fans.**

October 13, 1950 - NYC 2031 & 2036 shopped **

October 17, 1950 -  The NYC ran a twenty-one car dead head train from Detroit to Buffalo that included seven dining cars.**

October 20, 1950 -
CASO Fletcher station to be reopened.**

October 20, 1950 - NYC 2013 and 17948 shopped **

October 23, 1950 - A doubleheader on the St Clair Branch. Two of the small type engines were used in a doubleheader to haul a forty car freight train from St Thomas to Courtright.**

October 31, 1950 - NYC 2032 shopped **

November 3, 1950 - NYC 5365 is in International Service between Windsor and Harmon, New York.**

November 11, 1950 - NYC 5360 shopped **

November 27, 1950 - NYC trains from the United States are detoured over the Canada Division due to snow problems south of the border.**

December 7, 1950 - NYC 2012 shopped **

December 8, 1950 - CASO moves 11,000 cars in four days.**

December 12, 1950 - NYC 2050 derailed.**

December 13, 1950 - More of the NYC 5400 type engines are appearing on the Canada Division. Most of the type have the disc driving wheels. Last Sunday NYC 5344 with disc wheels went east, while NYC 5449 was also observed. More of this type of power is routed this way. NYC 5366 just came out of the shops ready for International Service.**

December 22, 1950 - Extra sections of trains are now moving over the CASO.**

January 15, 1951 - NYC 7530 shopped **

February 6, 1951 - NYC 5366 and 5367 shopped **

February 25, 1951 - NYC 1291 is back in service. It is on the work train duty. No. 1291 was formerly engine No. 881 and is one of the oldest engines on the entire system.**

March 8, 1951 - NYC 5364 shopped **

March 14, 1951 - NYC 1290 & 1291 double headed took the St. Clair Branch train to Oil City on the NYC.**

April 3, 1951 - St Clair Branch Railway. On Monday a doubleheader was operated, NYC 1290 and No. 1291 pulled thirty cars.**

April 3, 1951 - NYC 2032 shopped **

April 4, 1951 - NYC 5374 doubleheaded with diesels.**

April 9, 1951 - NYC 5360 back in international service.**

April 10, 1951 - NYC 2030 & 2044 shopped **

April 25, 1951 - NYC 5374 shopped **

April 25, 1951 - NYC 5371 hauled train No. 35 to Windsor.**

April 27, 1954 - NYC 2044 & 7504 shopped **

May 4, 1951 - NYC 2052 shopped **

May 7, 1951 - NYC 5256 shopped **

May 25, 1951 - The NYC Directors 12 car train came through.**

May 29, 1951 - The NYC Diesels operate through St. Thomas but also through the Windsor to Detroit Tunnel.**

June 1, 1951 - NYC 5364 & 2054 shopped **

June 7, 1951 - NYC 5369 shopped **

June 28, 1951 - NYC 2030 shopped **

July 7, 1951 - NYC 5369 shopped **

July 10, 1951 - NYC had an 18 car Shriner's Special come through St. Thomas.**

July 11, 1951 - NYC 2031 shopped **

July 14, 1951 - NYC 5369 & 5431 shopped **

July 16, 1951 - To get extra power to Windsor a westbound NYC freight drag to Windsor on Saturday afternoon was hauled by engines NYC 2018 and 5362.**

July 19, 1951 - NYC 5374 shopped **

August 8, 1951 - CASO collision at Windsor.**

August 21, 1951 - NYC drag freight west with NYC 2042 and 2043. The Detroiter was hauled by engine NYC 5366.**

August 23, 1951 - NYC 7552 shopped **

September 6, 1951 - NYC welded the rails across the Kettle Creek Bridge, 1014 feet, in St Thomas. Fourteen flatcars brought the 127 pound rail. A Burro crane was used.**

September 6, 1951 - A train load of US Army General Patton tanks passed through St Thomas.**

September 11, 1951 - Two engines bound for the scrap heap passed through St Thomas. Engines MCRR 7914 and MCRR 7930.**

September 11, 1951 - NYC 2046 shopped **

September 18, 1951 - NYC 4749 shopped **

September 19, 1951 - NYC 5367 & 2017 shopped **

September 28, 1951 - NYC 5411 shopped **

October 2, 1951 - NYC 4011 was on the Detroiter.**

October 19, 1951 - A NYC "Beeliner", a Budd RDC car runs Niagara Falls to Buffalo.**

October 19, 1951 - NYC 7552 shopped **

October 19, 1951 - NYC 5433 and 5453 doublehead through St. Thomas. **

October 29, 1951 - NYC 2016 shopped **

November 3, 1951 - Small Essex terminal engine was overhauled and repaired in the CASO St. Thomas shops. The large amount of brass attracted attention. It hauled a few cars and a caboose homebound.**

November 3, 1951 - NYC 5374 shopped **

November 6, 1951 - The Empire State Express was delayed for one hour at Welland due to the ice and snow the bridge could not be operated.**

November 28, 1951 - NYC train No. 51 westbound Tuesday night was hauled by two large 5300 class engines.**

November 29, 1951 - NYC 5228 was behind two big freight Diesels on a long train on Thursday morning.**

December 1, 1951 - A grade crossing accident at Tillsonburg. Westbound train No. 139, NYC 5215.**

December 20, 1951 - NYC 7551 and 7530 shopped **

December 26, 1951 - Ready for Diesel servicing at the CASO St Thomas shops.**

December 26, 1951 - NYC snow plow up the branch. "Lady Russel" snow plow goes to Courtright. It was hauled by NYC 1290.**

December 28, 1951 - NYC 5371 and 5372 hauled a long NYC freight west on Wednesday.**


January 29, 1952 - NYC 2044 & 2014 shopped **

February 18, 1952 - WABASH 1162 shopped at CASO St. Thomas shops after recent collision **

March 3, 1952 - Diesels used almost daily on Empire State Express through St. Thomas **

March 3, 1952 - NYC 2034 shopped **

March 3, 1952 - Wolverine now carries direct roomette car to San Francisco **

March 10, 1952 - Surprise walkout by NYC crews **

March 11, 1952 - NYC 5360 shopped **

March 20, 1952 - More 5400 series hudsons passing through St. Thomas **

March 24, 1952 - NYC 5367, 2046 & 4749 shopped **

April 4, 1952 - NYC 2046 shopped **

April 26, 1952 - NYC 5372 shopped **

May 2, 1952 - NYC 5212 shopped **

May 8, 1952 - NYC 5427 with disk drivers returns to CASO **

May 29, 1952 - NYC 2030 shopped **

May 30, 1952 - Caboose 17931 shopped **

June 13, 1952 - NYC 7511 shopped **

June 20, 1952 - Trains 365 and 366 to be removed **

June 27, 1952 - Historic locomotive NYC 999 stops at St. Thomas on way to Jackson, Michigan **

July 4, 1952 - Wabash trains now using Windsor tunnel and operating Windsor to St. Thomas on the CASO due to maritime strike.  Pere Marquette trains also using tunnel and rejoining PM at Pelton **

July 10, 1952 - NYC 2003 & 2049 shopped **

July 16, 1952 - NYC 2016 & 2044 shopped **

July 21, 1952 - Traffic is light on the NYC due to steel strike **

July 31, 1952 - NYC 5450 returns to the CASO **

August 6, 1952 - TH&B train 371 first to depart new Buffalo Terrace Street station **

August 15, 1952 - NYC 2004 shopped **

August 27, 1952 - NYC 5276 shopped **

August 27, 1952 - WABASH and PM still using CASO and Windsor tunnel due to maritime strike **

1953 - Windsor roundhouse closed.

June 1953 - ventilation project of Windsor/Detroit tunnel commenced.

June 16, 1953 - Last 'official' steam powered passenger train on the CASO with locomotive 5434.

July 18, 1953 - NYC announces St. Thomas shops to remain open

December 29, 1953 - End of Detroit River Tunnel electric service.

1956 - First batch of diesels delivered - purchased second hand from Chesapeake & Ohio.

1957 - Second batch of diesels delivered - new from GMDD and all remaining steam retired by the end of April 1957. Last steam run - #1290 on April 27, 1957.

May 1957 - Track crews replacing ties on Oil Springs branch

November 1957 - Oil Springs station broken into

January 20, 1958 - Derailment near Alvinston

April 1959 - Formal protest to proposed closing of St. Clair branch. and general area historical information surrounding the rail line

March 16, 1960 - Last tank car loaded at Oil Springs

April 30, 1960 - St. Clair Branch abandoned. Details of last trip.

October 1960 - St. Clair Branch bridges offered for sale.

November 1960 - Brigden station sold

December 1962 - St. Clair branch right of way sold for possible gas pipeline.

May 1963 - Oil Springs station at the Oil Museum.

June 1964 - NYC denies CASO abandonment rumours.

June 1967 - Wooden River St. bridge over abandoned rail line in Alvinston removed.

February 1, 1968 - New York Central merges with Pennsylvania Railroad to form Penn Central

October 21, 1968 - Courtright station burns down

February 21, 1969 - Derailment at Muirkirk

February 1973 - Welland 'Townline" Tunnel opened for service.

April 1, 1976 - Conrail formed to take over Penn Central.

April 1976 - Amtrak to provide local passenger service.

June 1976 - Effort to claim missing Canada Southern assets.

1978 - St. Thomas roundhouse demolished.

January 31, 1979 - Last through passenger train operated - Amtrak Niagara Rainbow.

July 26, 1979 - Conrail announces cancellation of last through freight train

May 1, 1985 - CN & CP takeover.

June 1, 1985 - Chessie moves trains operating between Windsor and St.Thomas to CASO rails.

March 1996 - CSX moves trains off CASO to CN rails.

2001 - Leamington branch removed

December 19, 2001 - Mainline in downtown Niagara Falls removed.

2003 - Mainline between Attercliffe and St. Thomas removed.

2005 - Most of remaining trackage in St. Thomas yard removed ( except some tracks left for the Elgin County Railway Museum ).

July 2, 2005 - Last passenger train to operate between St. Thomas and Ridgetown

2006 - Mainline between St. Thomas and Fargo removed.

2009 - MCRR shop building and some yard trackage at St. Thomas sold to Elgin County Railway Museum.

May 17th, 2011 - Last recorded revenue train on the Fargo-Windsor trackage

2012 - November-December - Mainline between Fargo and Windsor removed.